‘But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.’ 1 Peter 2v9-10
In this passage we see how a people with no identity become known as the ‘people of God.’ The task given to them was to show God’s goodness to those outside the Church and lead others from darkness into light. Straightforward so far. However, unlike every living creature in this world that goes through the stages of birth and growth, this is not always guaranteed for people when they become Christian. Yes, spiritual birth occurs but the growth that ought follow may not where they refuse to engage with the Holy Spirit of God. There are many reasons this happens but most often it’s an ignorance about spiritual gifts or reluctance to engage with the faith they’ve undertaken.
In the same way that an infant’s growth will falter as he continues to refuse food offered to him, so too spiritual growth will falter in communities where they quench the Holy Spirit and/or do not keep pace with Him . Very often this occurs when individuals no longer engage with their spiritual gifts but can also occur due to a lack of understanding about the spiritual elements of their faith.
Question: Why do some churches fail to grow spiritually?
Answer: Lack of spiritual engagement within the community.
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