Spiritual Growth Essay

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH PLAN I

JACQUELINE GOODWIN

EVAN 500
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Spiritual health means that we are alive and vibrant in Christ. For that, we need some disciplines to help us stay on the right track, focused on God and not on our own problems or distractions. Jesus sets an example for us of how to boost our spiritual health. He engaged in spiritual disciplines such as discipleship, worship and fasting. Both my personal and spiritual health were good but have improved.
At the beginning of the term my personal and ministry growth were limited to the perspective of the leaders I studied under. Since I have started this class my personal and ministry spiritual growth has been enriched. I have been enlightened in the
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In my ministry, the leader only wanted the members to make sure that we are attending every church service, paying tithes, fasting every Wednesday, and praying daily, however, I was never challenged to forsake the world internally, only externally. Tozer points out that, “It is possible to forsake the world in body yet never forsake it in spirit” (92).
In teaching on discipleship, my ministry focused on Matthew 4: 19: “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” I was taught that discipleship is when one has a willingness to follow Jesus and in following Him I will bring others to God. However, I was never exposed to how worshipping and discipleship goes hand in hand. Wheeler and Whaley educated me on how worship correlates with discipleship in their book, The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principals for Worship-Based Evangelism. I only understood worship as the praise team singing on Sunday morning preparing the atmosphere for the pastor to preach. Wheeler and Whaley reveals, “Great Commission Worshippers seek to make disciples of Jesus by compelling people to become worshippers of the living Lord, sharing their faith,

promoting His wonders, preaching the good news, and proclaiming the glory of God” (52). Another insight that I gained about discipleship that enhanced my
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