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Radio transcript for November 16 and 22, 2008

Ricky Berger preaches on "Growing in the Lord" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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When one obeys the gospel, that person is now â??in Christâ? or â??in the Lordâ? (Galatians 3:27). Undoubtedly, many believe there is nothing else to do after becoming a Christian. While it is true that baptism is the final act of obedience that saves you from your sins (1 Peter 3:21), it is at this point you become a new person (2 Corinthians 5:17) and you must grow as this new person (2 Peter 3:18). Throughout the Bible, emphasis is placed on growing as a Christian (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12). Second Peter 1:3-11 gives a remedy to Christian growth. Adding to your faith, as Peter tells us to do, is essential in Christian growth. Next, we will notice some ways to help a Christian become stronger and more mature while growing in Christ.

First of all, your priorities must be in order (Matthew 6:33). In Luke 9:57-62, we read about some people who claimed they wanted to follow the Lord, they just didnâ??t want to put Him or His work first. If God is not first in your life, in everything you do, your priorities are not in order. To help get your priorities in order, I encourage people to make three columns on a clean sheet of paper. In the first column, write down everything you do either on a daily or weekly basis. In the second column, prioritize your list according to what you feel should be the most important; God, family, work, hobbies, television, internet, etc.,etc. In the third column, list in order your priorities, listing what you spend the most time on at the top and go down from there. Then, compare your list of what you feel should be your top priorities according to what actually is. Too many times material things take priority. Letâ??s not forget what the Bible says about things of this world (Matthew 6:19-21; 2 Peter 3:10).

Once your priorities are in order, here are some ways to help keep them in order as you grow in the Lord. Bible study is very important (John 5:39; 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:10-11). It is impossible to grow as a Christian without studying the Bible. You should pray to God often for help as you grow (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 4:16). In His wisdom, God has given us a form of worship that is both acceptable to Him and encouraging to us. Worship helps Christians to grow (Hebrews 10:24-25). When you work for the Lord, not only are you obeying God, you are growing in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:58). Fellowship with those of like precious faith is vital in Christian growth (Acts 2:42-47). If I spend all of my time with people who are not Christians or have no desire to serve the Lord, chances are I will grow in the wrong direction. Finally, family involvement is important to Christian growth. I realize for many the entire family are not Christians. To the Christians, I encourage you to keep up the good work and let your influence be seen. To families who are all serving the Lord together, continue to do so and put Him first in all you do (Joshua 24:15).

A Christian should have the desire to grow stronger and closer to God everyday (James 4:8). Not only is a failure to do so not pleasing to God, but it makes things easier for Satan (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Hello, my name is Ricky Berger. I, along with Harold Bigham, am a speaker on the â??Seeking the Lost International Radio Broadcast.â? We thank for your time and interest in Seeking the Lost. It is our desire to bring you Bible based lessons both in audio and transcript form. We encourage you to look at our website www.seekingthelostradio.net. On it, you can listen to and/or read any of the lessons presented. Here, you can also find a schedule that lists radio coverage area, times, and frequencies. In addition to weekly radio programs, we offer free Bible correspondence courses and â??Seeking the Lost, Ready Bible Answers.â? Ready Bible Answers allows you to submit any Bible question(s) you may have through our "Contact Us" link, or by writing to the Clinton church of Christ address given below. We will answer your question(s) according to your request, either on a radio program (your name does not have to be given if we answer on the radio), or by personal correspondence with you.

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As members of the church of Christ (Romans 16:16), it is our desire to search the scriptures (John 5:39), and do the will of God (Matthew 7:21). Part of that will is to teach the gospel (Mark 16:15). We will give you Bible references in our lessons and encourage you to check them (Acts 17:10-11).

My friend, our prayer for you today is that you will come to a knowledge of the Truth through a diligent study of God's Word and obey God's commands to become a member of the Lord's church, the church of Christ.

What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • Godâ??s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lordâ??s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

If you should have any questions and/or comments please contact us so we may study together (2 Timothy 2:15).

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