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"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Monday, February 25, 2013

4 Obstacles to Discipleship

According to extensive Barna studies, self-identified evangelical Christians face four obstacles to spiritual growth/discipleship.

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1. Commitment ~ Only 18% admit they’re committed to their spiritual growth.

2. Repentance ~ Few admit to being deeply sorry for their sins.

3. Activity ~ Most confuse church activity with spiritual depth.

4. Spiritual Community ~Few are involved in relationships that hold them accountable.

I’ve searched my soul and found I’m weak in some areas listed above. What about you?

If we want our world impacted by Christ, we need to be:
     ~Determined and deliberate about becoming more like Christ.
     ~Aware of how our sins separate us from God’s purposes.
     ~More concerned with overcoming our sins that participating in church programs.
     ~Invested in the lives of others who will also invest in our lives.

Please join me in praying through these obstacles and taking steps to overcome them.

It’s important that we do these things so we can obey Christ's important command in Matthew 28:19-20.

Resource: 4 Aspects of Spiritual Growth

About Gail
Gail Purath has been married to her best friend for 41 years, has two married children and seven grandchildren. Her blog Bible Love Notes( features one-minute devotions each weekday.

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