How do we grow spiritually in today’s digital age?
In 2011, Bishop Steven Charleston began testing a simple spiritual exercise. Each morning he compressed a single spiritual thought into a few concise words and posts them on Facebook, the largest social network in human history.
The result has been the development of a unique spiritual community of people from many distinctive backgrounds, all linked by a shared response to a spiritual vision.
When theologians study the Bible, they often refer back to the root of the word in the Hebrew or Greek text to find the context of the scripture.
So, to explain what spiritual growth means, it would make sense to use the same principle (of going back to the root).
But don’t worry - you don’t have to know or look up the Hebrew or Greek for this one. The answer is rather simple: The root of Christianity is the Son of the living God, namely Jesus Christ. The first step you could therefore ever take towards spiritual growth is accepting God’s love. Only once you come to know and accept this purest form of love, will you be able to continue on a journey of spiritual growth, which is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ, something that is achieved with the help of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God.
It is notable that this journey of spiritual growth comes through our knowledge of Christ.
In today’s digital age, it has become increasingly easy to access scriptures, podcasts, preaches, blogs and debates to aid in spiritual growth, but similarly, digital distractions can also affect our spiritual growth negatively and isolate us, preventing us from spending much needed time with God and interacting with like-minded Christians.
How can the Christian Literature Fund contribute?
By coming alongside individuals, congregations, ministries and outreaches, the Christian Literature Fund supplies free and affordable Christian reading material in the form of pamphlets to different language and culture groups in South Africa.
Whether you are a new Christian seeking answers to questions, a home group leader looking for fresh ways to engage your members, or perhaps planning an outreach, our educational pamphlets can equip you, together with your Bible, for what lies ahead.
A full range of these resources is for instance available on the topic of spiritual growth in a variety of South African languages, as it is still our main purpose to bring the message of the Bible to everyone in their own language.
The pamphlets are available free of charge, but in limited quantities. Because of the increase in printing and distribution costs, CLF is forced to place a limit on orders. This means that at least part of every order received can be dispatched.
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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12