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From Baby Believer to Growing Disciple

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"Last week we posted a video that asked if you could explain the gospel. The gospel is basic: Repent, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. So, you believe - now what? Pastor Jack Hibbs explains how we need to move beyond just belief and actually live as the Lord commands us to as His disciples. How do we do this? Watch Pastor Hibbs explain what it takes!" from video introduction.

"...In the kingdom, just like all Christians are sheep (John 10:27) and yet some are called to the work of shepherding (1 Peter 5:2), all Christians are plants, and yet we’re also called to the work of gardening. Now as plants, this is how God intends for us to live:

Blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1–3)

“You likely cannot care well for every garden you wish to grow.”

Notice what is vital to the flourishing of the “tree”: the “tree’s” meditating frequently on God’s word to nourish faith. If that condition is not met, the tree’s roots won’t tap into the stream, and the tree should not expect to yield fruit in its season or have healthy leaves. Jesus essentially says the same thing in this text:..." from the article: Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident

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