Livin' Large Day 5 Devotion

“Livin’ Large is experiencing the new life we have in Christ. It is living the Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and it is practicing (Ephesians 4-6) our position (Ephesians 1-3).”
Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Paul’s exhortation to be Livin’ Large begins in verse one of Ephesians chapter four. The immediate verses that precede this charge are a statement of God’s infinite resources and power available to every believer. Every believer can be Livin’ Large, not because of their talents but because of who they are in Christ and what they have available to them in Christ. God is able to do immeasurably more than all you could ask or imagine. Stop for a moment and think about God—He is bigger than your thoughts! Imagine what God could do in your life—He can do more! God is eternal, self-existent, self-sufficient, all-powerful, all-knowing and unlimited in every one of His attributes and perfections. God is God! And according to Ephesians 3:20, this power is at work within us. Think about it, you have God inside of you, at work in you and available to work through you. You can experience Livin’ Large!
Meditate for a few moments on the greatness of God. Take out a piece of paper and brainstorm all the attributes, characteristics and perfections of God. Read Psalm 145, Isaiah 40 and Romans 8:28-39 and add any new insights to your list. Now pray back to God all of your observations; thank Him for who He is and ask Him to work in your life. Livin’ Large is drawing upon and trusting in Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. When we think about Him, when we trust in Him and when we Live Large in Him, it brings Him glory! Amen

Livin' Large Day 4 Devotion

“Livin’ Large is experiencing the new life we have in Christ. It is living the Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and it is practicing (Ephesians 4-6) our position (Ephesians 1-3).”
Ephesians 3:6
6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
Did you know that the Bible contains mysteries? I know this is kind of a dumb question—of course the Bible contains mysteries! God is infinite and we are finite; the nature of the case is that there are mysteries we cannot figure out. Even Isaiah records God’s words in Isaiah 55:8-9,
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Given that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, in addition to this there are certain truths that God purposefully keeps as mysteries. In Ephesians 3, one of these mysteries is revealed to us by God. The mystery God reveals is that the gospel of Jesus Christ not only saves individuals but also connects those individuals to a new community, a new body—the Church! All people, Jew and Gentile, as believers in Jesus Christ, are part of God’s new community. We are all sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus. This news, taken for granted by most of us, was shocking and amazing to Paul’s New Testament audience. God’s covenant blessings to Israel are now made available to every believer in Jesus Christ. These blessings are received, experienced and proclaimed not through private reflection but in the context of corporate worship and body-life experience. The point is that we come to understand and experience our new life in Christ by being connected to one another. We need one another and we are spiritually stronger when we are connected to one another. This is God’s design, the mystery that once was hidden but now has been revealed in the gospel.
This revealed mystery means that I cannot live my Christian life in isolation. I need to pray with, study with, share with, laugh with, cry with, and do life with other believers. Other believers need me. Together we are a team that knows Christ and makes Him known. Take a moment to consider this truth and reflect on your own experience. How are you connecting with other believers this week? In what ways are you seeking and allowing others to encourage and build you up? How are you seeking to bless and speak grace into the lives of others? God has blessed us by making us a part of His Body. We experience this blessing as we participate in Body-life. How are you living?

Livin' Large Day 3 Devotion

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Grace—it is possibly the greatest word in God’s vocabulary. Everything in the Christian life begins and ends with grace. God graciously saves us. God graciously sustains us and God will graciously see us to our eternal home with Him in Heaven. Grace is God’s mercy, forgiveness, power and love freely given to us in Christ. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We cannot earn our salvation. We do not deserve our salvation. We can only receive our salvation as a gift of grace. Faith is the conduit to receive the grace of God. Faith is a humble acceptance of our inability and a complete trust in God’s infinite ability. Faith believes and acts upon what God says is true. And even this response is of grace, it is not from us, it is the gift of God. Through Jesus Christ, God has saved us by His grace. That’s the good news of the gospel!
Take some time to reflect on God’s grace. Thank Him for saving you and for blessing you with His grace. Ask God to make you strong in grace. Humble yourself before the Lord, realizing that according to James 4:7, “… that God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” In addition to Ephesians 2:8-9, look up the following verses and meditate on God’s grace in your life: John 1:17, Romans 5:20-21, Titus 3:5-7, 2 Timothy 2:1. Remember, God has saved you by His grace. It’s a done deal!

Livin' Large Day 2 Devotion

“Livin’ Large is experiencing the new life we have in Christ. It is living the Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and it is practicing (Ephesians 4-6) our position (Ephesians 1-3).”
Ephesians 1:13-14
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Livin’ Large is possible because of our new relationship with Jesus Christ. God has given us everything we need in Christ; He has made us complete in Christ and He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. One of those spiritual blessings is the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit. At salvation, the moment we put our faith in Christ, God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is God With Us and not only this, He is God In Us! The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives guarantees our eternal life and provides right now everything we need for an abundant life. According to Ephesians 1:13-14, we have been sealed with the Spirit. The Spirit connects us to Christ and provides for us God’s protection and power. He is the deposit of all the future blessings God promises to us.
Spend a few moments thinking about this truth of the Spirit’s presence in your life. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 several times and reflect on each phrase. Thank God for His provision and ask the Holy Spirit for His help. This is what Jesus promised about the provision of the Holy Spirit:
“13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)

“16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
Remember, you can experience Livin’ Large because you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit!

Livin' Large Day 1 Devotion

“Livin’ Large is experiencing the new life we have in Christ. It is living the Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit and it is practicing (Ephesians 4-6) our position (Ephesians 1-3).”
Ephesians 1:3
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
This verse tells us something about God and it tells us something about ourselves. God is One who sovereignly, graciously and eternally blesses us in Christ. He is good and kind and holy. He acts independently of any outside coercion. He is not led by some inadequacy in Himself but on the contrary, He operates out of an eternal self-sufficiency. He does not need any guidance or counsel. He is infinitely wise and He is comprehensively aware of everything including everything about us. He freely blesses because He chooses to do so. We are the objects of God’s love and He has chosen to bless us in Christ. In fact, He has chosen to bless us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. As a believer, you already have everything God wants to give you in Christ. You are complete in Him. You have everything you need in Him and you have fullness in Him. Whatever sense of emptiness, want or lack you may feel, it is imagined not real. God has blessed you and He has blessed you completely in Christ!
This knowledge of God and of ourselves should prompt us to worship, to praise and to give thanks. It should renew our minds, increase our faith and rejoice our souls. Take some time to meditate on this one verse: “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ask God to speak to you and to fill you with the hope and positive vision this verse provides. Commit it to memory and periodically bring it to mind. You are a blessed person, blessed by God, blessed in Christ, blessed with every spiritual blessing!

The Good News of Salvation

Romans 3:21-31
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to
which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
1. The good news is that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.
• Salvation in Romans is equated with being declared righteous or justified
• God, who is the Judge, declares us righteous and imputes to us His righteousness
• This transaction is on the basis of God’s grace and is received by faith
• In the book of Romans grace appears 22 times and faith 35 times
Titus 3:7
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 4:4-5
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
• Only God can save us and He does so on the basis of grace through faith
2. The good news of salvation is only through Christ because His death is the basis for our justification, redemption and propitiation
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished
• Salvation is in Christ alone
• Justified freely by His grace; through the redemption that came by Christ…God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement
• 3 key Greek words: dikaio; apolutrosis; hilaskisthai. These words represent 3 metaphors: The courtroom; the slave market; the sacrificial system
• Through Christ’s death God has removed the barrier of sin and overcome its consequences in our lives, Christ is the good news!
3. The good news of salvation maintains God’s grace and God’s justice
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus…— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
• God is the righteous judge who must punish sin and He is the gracious Savior who forgives sin
• His plan of salvation in Christ upholds both His grace and His justice
• God acts justly in punishing Christ and He acts in grace in extending to sinners the substitutionary work of Christ
4. The good news of salvation upholds the Law and establishes the principle of faith
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
• Paul asks and answers 6 questions based on His teaching that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
• 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded
• On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
• 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
• 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
• The Law serves the purpose not of saving us but of convicting us of our sin and pointing us to Christ
• In Christ we see that we are saved by our absolute trust, dependence and faith
• Faith is the way to come to God and walk with God
5. The good news of salvation gives us a new position before God
• This is a statement of the truest thing about us, it is what God says is true about us in Christ
• We are saved; we have been declared righteous; God set us free from sins control and consequences; God satisfied His own justice and wrath in judging sin and punishing Christ in our place. Therefore we have peace with God, we are free from sin and we are righteous!
• Have you put your faith in Christ to save you?
• Do you have the peace of God knowing that Christ is your atoning sacrifice and you will never receive God’s wrath for your sins?
• Are you experiencing freedom from sin’s control in your life because you have been redeemed?
• Are you living an increasingly righteous life because the truest thing about you is that you are righteous before God?

How to discover your spiritual gift for serving Christ

Ten Questions to ask and answer in seeking to discover your gifts
(Romans 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27-31; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Peter. 4:10-11)

1. Have I offered my whole life to God as an act of worship? (Rom. 12:1-2)
2. Am I living in the power of the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor. 12:1-7)
3. How can I maximize my service to God, stewarding His grace so that I give Him the greatest glory? (1 Pe. 4:10)
4. How does the Holy Spirit manifest Himself in me and through me to others? (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
5. How can I help the body grow in love? (Eph. 4:15-16)
6. Has God designed me to be more of a speaker or more of a server? (1 Pe. 4:10-11)
7. If the Church as whole is a Body, what part am I? What is my role on the team? (Romans 12:4-8, 1Cor. 12:27-31)
8. Do I have any of the supernatural sign gifts? (1 Cor. 12:7-11)
9. Do I have any of the greater gifts? Have I been gifted and called to lead, shepherd or equip the whole Body when it is gathered for worship? (1 Cor. 12:27-31)
10. Am I an Equipper or one who is to be equipped to do the work of ministry? Have I been gifted to train others to do ministry? (Eph. 4:11-13)

The Uniqueness of Jesus

Colossians 1:15-19
15Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
• Paul is positively asserting the supremacy of Christ
• Christ is God in the flesh; He is the unique God-Man, the head of the Church and the Lord of all creation
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
• Image of the invisible God
John 1:17-18
17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Hebrews 1:3
3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
2 Cor. 4:6
6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
• He is the First-born over all creation
• Protokos: title of preeminence, priority, authority
• Jesus is not only deity, He is perfect humanity and stands in preeminence over creation, because he is the author and source of creation
16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
John 1:1-4
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
Hebrews 1:1-3
1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
• Jesus stands apart from and in priority over His creation
• Jesus is the object of creation, all things were made by Him and for Him, for His glory and purpose
• Included in this are all creatures visible and invisible; earthly and heavenly
• Jesus is over all angelic beings including demons and Satan
Colossians 2:15
15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Ephesians 1:19-22
That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
Hebrews 2:14
14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might defeat and dethrone him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
• Jesus has authority over creation including satanic opposition!
17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
• The preposition pros meaning before
• Jesus is before all things temporally
• Jesus is before all things authoritatively
• Jesus is before all things preeminently
• Jesus is before all things because of His relationship to all things
• Jesus is the invisible glue that holds all things together; both metaphysically and actually
Acts 17
24″The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.”
• Our thinking and our being does not make sense unless we understand the centrality of Christ
18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
• In relationship to creation is before all things and in relationship to the church He is the Head
• He is the Authority and He is the Source
Colossians 2:10
and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
Colossians 2:19
He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
Ephesians 1:22
22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Matthew 16:16-18
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
• In relationship to the church Christ is the head; the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead
• These are titles of source, authority, preeminence and rulership
• Christ’s position in relationship to the church is that He should have the supremacy!!!
1. His position
2. He is the goal
3. He is the leader
4. He is the source of life
19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
• The gospel is the message of Christ’s fullness
• Pleroma; fullness of deity and fullness of reconciliation
• The fullness of deity
Col. 2:9
9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form
• The fullness of reconciliation
Col. 2:20
20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
• Jesus is the unique God-Man, the only Savior who has reconciled us to God by means of His death on the cross
• Christ accomplished a cosmic reconciliation; Christ made peace through His blood shed on the cross
• Christ is the unique Savior

The Blessings of Believing

Romans 5:1-11
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1. We have been justified
• God the righteous Judge has declared us righteous
• God’s verdict is truer than anything we feel, do or say
• We have Christ’s righteousness imputed to us
2. We have peace with God
• The barrier and enmity of sin has been removed so that now we are at peace with God
• We were hostile and enemies of God but now we are no longer rebels and God is no longer our Judge
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3. We have a standing of grace
• Prosagogys: introduction, access, a way of entre
Ephesians 3:12
12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.
• We now stand in this grace
• Histymi: perfect tense, we have been made to stand and we continue to stand
• Grace saves, strengthens, imparts eternal life, takes away shame, overcomes the affects of the law, sanctifies, etc.
4. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God
• Kauchomai: to boast in, to glory in, to get excited about
• Our boast of excitement is the fact that we will see God’s glory, we are to God’s glory, we will be to God’s glory, we experience God’s glory
• An objective hope, this is something we actually have
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5. We have perspective on God’s purpose and plan for suffering
• Our excited boast extends to suffering because we have God’s perspective on it, we understand God’s purpose for suffering
• God uses suffering to be a step in a process that builds perseverance, character and hope in us
• God’s purposes for suffering are always redemptive in our lives
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6. We have the love of God poured out into our hearts through the indwelling Holy Spirit
• First reference to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in relation to salvation in Romans
• God gave us the Holy Spirit when we believed in Christ
• The Holy Spirit was the agent in pouring out God’s love into us
• The Spirit’s presence is a pledge of God’s love
• The hope that we have in the midst of suffering is real because the Holy Spirit reminds us that God loves us
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
7. We shall be saved from God’s wrath
• Christ died for us while we were sinners in rebellion to God
• Christ’s death demonstrates God’s love for us
• Having been justified, we shall be saved from God’s wrath
• God is a righteous Judge who one day will fully execute his wrath toward sin
• We are completely free and saved from wrath
10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
8. We have been reconciled to God
• Paul completes his analysis of Christ’s death by including the doctrine of reconciliation
• Katallaso: the removal of a barrier to unite enemies as friends
• Christ’s death took away the sin that created a barrier between us and God: both our rebellion and God’s wrath
• We rejoice, glory and boast in this reconciliation
9. We shall be saved through sharing in Christ’s life
• Christ’s death removed sin so that we might be reconciled to God, His life and His resurrection life guarantees that we will fully experience salvation
• This is a “how much more” argument
• Since we are now reconciled to God, the resurrection life of Christ ushers us into experiencing every aspect of salvation
• We have been justified; we are being sanctified and we will be glorified

Evaluating your spiritual life

Spiritual Growth Evaluation
The Bible describes spiritual growth, or sanctification, as a Spirit produced process. This process is dynamic, life-long and involves both God’s part and our part. (Romans 8:29-31, 2 Cor. 3:17-18, Phil. 2:12-13, 2 Peter 1:3-11) Use the following survey to evaluate your own progress in becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. Remember spiritual growth is never static, no one has arrived, every believer is somewhere in the process of becoming who Christ created them to be. Your honest responses to the following statements will help you evaluate where you are in the process.
Using a scale of 0-10; 0 being not at all and 10 being consistently true, evaluate your spiritual life in the following categories. You are evaluating your own spiritual experience so be honest and real to how you are doing right now.
I Living a gospel-centered life
Read Rom. 1:1-16, Rom. 3:21-31, 1 Cor. 15:1-4
_____I am fully convinced of the gospel and of my salvation
_____I relate the truth of the gospel to how I live my daily life
_____I relate the truth of the gospel to my priorities and life goals
_____The gospel gives me peace, hope and strengthens my life of faith
_____I actively seek to share the gospel with others
II Understanding my new identity in Christ
Read Romans 6:1-11, Eph. 1:3-14, Eph. 2:1-10
_____I know what it means to be a new person in Christ
_____I am able to relate my new identity to specific areas of victory in my life
_____I increasingly see that I am dead to sin and alive to Christ
_____I experience my spiritual authority over sin and the devil
_____I am able to derive my self worth from who I am in Christ and not my performance
III Experiencing the power and fruit of the Spirit
Read Romans 8:1-16, Gal. 5:16-23, Eph. 5:18-21
_____I understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit
_____I increasingly see the fruit of the Holy Spirit evidenced in my words and actions
_____I am able to yield specific areas of my life over to the Spirit’s control
_____I sense the Holy Spirit leading me into deeper intimacy with God
_____I am sensitive to and obedient to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and promptings
IV Practicing Spiritual Disciplines
Read Acts 2:41-42, 1 Tim. 4:6-10, Col. 2:6-7, 2 Tim. 2:15
_____I have a regular and meaningful Quiet Time with God
_____I spend consistent time in solitude, silence and prayer
_____I know how to do in depth personal Bible Study
_____I practice Biblical stewardship and tithing
_____I manage my time, gifts and resources for kingdom purposes
V Relating to others with encouragement and accountability
Read Romans 12:9-16, Ephesians 4:25-32, Heb. 4:12-13
_____I experience positive friendships with honest communication
_____There are people in my life with whom I am able to share my secrets
_____I am able to express and receive truth and grace in my relationships
_____I have made and am making a spiritual investment in the lives of others
_____I can see how God is using the people in my life to develop me spiritually
VI Responding with faith to life’s trials
Read James 1:1-5, Rom. 5:2-5, 2 Cor. 4:7-11
_____I am able to give thanks for the difficulties in my life
_____I can see how God has used trials to develop my character
_____I have experienced brokenness and healing in my relationship with Christ
_____I have surrendered my will and given God the right to do whatever He wants with
my life
_____God has taken me through tough circumstances where I have trusted him and
obeyed His Word
VII Demonstrating character and integrity
Read Psalm 15, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, 2 Peter 1:3-11
_____I am increasingly honest and truthful with others and myself
_____I take responsibility for my actions and seek forgiveness when I have wronged
others
_____I am able to set healthy personal boundaries
_____I have a teachable spirit and positively receive instruction and correction
_____I have non-negotiable convictions about right and wrong based on God’s Word
VIII Serving in Kingdom Ministry
Read Matt. 25:31-41, 1 Cor. 12:4-13, Mt. 28:18-20
_____I embrace a servant’s attitude and commitment to Christ’s Kingdom
_____I understand the concept of spiritual gifts and I am using my gifts in ministry
_____I live a life that reflects Christ and is a positive witness to others
_____I regularly share my story of faith in Christ with others
_____I actively seek to encourage and disciple others in Christ
Total all of your answers to get a cumulative score. Your total represents your evaluation of your spiritual life. Record the date so that as you take this test in the future you will be able to track you spiritual progress.
_____Total Date_________
What was your strongest category?
What was your weakest category?
What is your interpretation of your own sense of your strengths and weaknesses?
Re-read the Scriptures related to your weakest category. In dependence upon the Holy Spirit, what actions steps can you take to grow in this area?