This past Sunday we got back into our Ephesians series and I preached from Ephesians 3:14-21 where Paul lays out the biggest, hairiest and most audacious goal that a person could have for their lives: knowing and showing the love of Christ. The more Jesus’ love gets in you, the more love will come out of you. To help you grow in knowing the incomprehensible, but life shaping love of Christ, I’d recommend these three spiritual disciplines:
We can’t know God’s love without God showing us His love. And so, if you want to grow in understanding God’s love for you in Christ, you have to start on your knees. No sermon, scripture, or conversation will have much lasting effect if God doesn’t open up your mind and heart to receive what he is saying.
Do you regularly pray that God would teach you more about his love?
Jesus said that all of scripture is about him. (John 5:39) And so, if you want to get to know him better, read about who God has revealed him to be in the Bible. Also, read good books that will help you understand more about how to study scripture, so that you can learn about Christ and books that help unpack what the Bible teaches about Christ.
Books to help you read
Books to stir your affections for Jesus
What we put into our ears makes up much of the content of what is on our minds. Put your commute, or walking the dog, or trip to the grocery store, or workout to good use by listening to sermons or worship music.
Some of my favorite preachers
Some of my favorite worship bands
Sovereign Grace Music
Shane and Shane
God has designed us to be relational creatures who grow through communicating with one another. How often do you talk about what you are reading in your personal bible study? What you learned through Sunday’s sermon? What God is showing you about himself (and yourself) recently? Some of my sweetest times of learning about Christ love have come through soul sharpening conversations with brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, don’t just shoot the breeze! Go deep and be blessed.
Grace and Peace,
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