This past Sunday, we launched our new Rooted series with “Rooted in God’s Story.” We talked about different stages of growth and what we can do to continue to grow and get more deeply rooted together in Jesus. Here are the different stages and what you can do to grow:
SEED: As a seed, you are exploring who Jesus Christ is. You have not made a commitment to follow Him, but you are curious. I would encourage you to read this article: “Got Eternal Life?” It will help you understand more fully who Jesus is, how your sin can be forgiven, and how you can have abundant life now and eternal life forever. If you have made a decision to follow Jesus, I would highly encourage you to get baptized.
SPROUT: You have become a follower of Jesus. Your roots of faith, trust, and obedience are growing. I would encourage you to explore a tool called “The Commands of Christ.” It will help you understand the basics of what Jesus is calling you to, how you can live out your faith, and how you can begin to Jesus them with others.
SEEDLING: You are continuing to grow. You have withstood a few storms. You are getting more experienced in studying and applying God’s word. You are growing in a more regular prayer life. You are connecting more deeply with other followers of Jesus. During this Rooted series, I would encourage you to read through and study the book of Colossians. You can see the series schedule HERE. I would also encourage you to download and read these study notes on the book of Colossians.
MULTIPLYING. You are a mature follower of Jesus and you are multiplying to gospel into other peoples’ lives. You have weathered many storms, and you can’t help but share God’s goodness and faithfulness with those around you who don’t yet know Jesus. Here is a resource I would highly recommend: Steve Addison’s What Jesus Started. It will help you continue to live out God’s mission through your life for the world around you. It will help you take personal responsibility for the spiritual lostness of the people God has placed around you. When Jesus opens the door for you to share His story, here’s an effective way to present the gospel: 3 Circles.
Lastly, here are some recommended study resources for the book of Colossians:
Dr. Tom Constable’s Study Notes on Colossians
Warren Wiersbe’s Be Complete
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” (Colossians 2:6-7).
Keep growing and going!