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The Most Important Factor

I taught this fall through a series on ways to grow faith. I started with the premise that growing in faith is the most important factor in spiritual maturity. Do you think so? Can you think of something more important? Whether you agree or not, do you think a person can grow in faith?

Faith Is Certainty

What is faith? The working definition I used was faith equals certainty. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is being sure and certain. I expound that a bit more as certainty regarding two things: certainty that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he promised to do. If a person can grow in certainty regarding those two things, I think spiritual maturity is guaranteed.

How Does It Happen?

Do you think this kind of growth is possible? A more important question, then, is How? How does this kind of growth happen? There are catalysts that God has programmed into the universe that can make faith grow automatically. In chemistry, a catalyst is all about energy to make a change. The type of change that occurs still depends on what (or who) the catalysts reacts with. One thing is certain, though, without a catalyst, no change will occur.

More Than Disciplines

I think there are dozens of catalysts God has designed to grow our faith. These are more than practices or spiritual disciplines. Some of them are not things a person can choose, such as pain, tragedy, a trial, or testing. These come to a person. No one wakes up and decides to practice a trial, (unless you are a coffee drinker and willingly go without it that morning).

For Example

Some of the catalysts we looked at were curiosity, friendship, serving, listening, and remembering. Think about curiosity, for example. Jesus’ teaching about prayer speaks to this (Luke 11:1-10). He talked about asking, seeking, and knocking which is, essentially, being curious. He was telling the disciples that to have more engaging conversations with God, just be more curious! Catalysts cause the reactions necessary to grow faith.

What Would You Suggest?

What advise would you give someone if a person were to come up and ask, “How can I grow my faith in 2016?” What catalysts would you suggest? I assume you want to grow in faith in the coming year. What kind of catalysts do you need to react with, so when you look back you will be able to say, “I am more certain than ever that God is who he says he is and will do what he has promised to do.”?

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