Five Elements of a Healthy Church
Part 4 (Grow)

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

July 25, 2016

Taking time to reflect on the things of God is one way to maintain a Christ-Centered life!

This week our focus is on Spiritual Growth, growing in discipleship.

Spiritual growth is NOT about how much we know; it’s about how much we LOVE!


Our personal lifestyle choices will reflect and support our spiritual lifestyles as well.

Healthy in, healthy out; garbage in, garbage out!

In order to support a healthy anything, we have to maintain a healthy environment.

Sometimes things need to be changed in order to regain and maintain that health, physically and spiritually.

King Solomon, in Proverbs 6:16-19, provides us with 7 things that negatively impact spiritual growth.

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven, are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (NKJV)

ALL divisiveness is rooted in self-interest! DI-VISION: 2 visions, someone else trying to kill your vision.

It is easy to cloak self-interest under the guise of righteous passion. It is amazing how many people take their offenses to Facebook rather than the prayer closet!!!


Regardless of your own strength and spiritual walk, people who are mean-spirited, dishonest, prideful, and divisive WILL stunt your personal development and slow your spiritual growth.

Be watchful of the seeds that others are planting in your life. Those seeds should produce good, healthy, positive results.

Paul provides the list of these results in Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (NJKV)

You will greatly simplify your life when you prune your relational world.

Christ-Centered for Life,

Pastor Paul


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