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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7  Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3  Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5  Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6  Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4  Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5  Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6  Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5  Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6  Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5  Digging Deeper
Lesson 9, Digging Deeper 2
In Progress

Since the beginning of your journey to becoming like Christ, would you consider it an instant transformation or a gradual one? Why?

Some grow faster than others, but for all the Christian life is one of growth, patience and perseverance. Jesus described following him like a plant growing over the months until harvest (Mark 4:1-9, 26-29). That’s why Peter can write to believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of God” (2 Peter 3:18). Peter writes that it is only through suffering for “a little while,” that God “restores, confirms, strengthens and establishes” us (1 Peter 5:10). As we focus on Jesus, we are “gradually being transformed into his image” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Our “inner self is being renewed day by day” (4:16). With time and perseverance and the ministry of God’s Spirit within us, we grow more and more to look like Jesus (1 Peter 2:2).

The twelve apostles that Jesus selected to be with him and trained throughout his three-to-four-year ministry were not immediately transformed into mature disciples. The gospels reveal their questions, doubts, mistaken views and attitudes, and disagreements with Jesus at times. The letters to the churches like Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, Galatia and Colossae show that believers need correction, discipline and spiritual growth. Following Jesus is not a “one-time, flash event of instant maturity” but a steady growth over time in love, unity and faith. We add to our initial faith the graces of “virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness and love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). As these qualities increase in us when we practice them, we “confirm our calling and election” and “will never fall” (1:8-10). We can choose to fall, but as we live “in Christ”, Satan cannot force us to fall (1 Corinthians 10:12-13).