Welcome to the LifePark Spiritual resources page! Here you will find resources to assist you in your spiritual journey. Below is some basic information about spiritual growth and then resources that will help you build a spiritual growth plan right for you.
Foundation of the Gospel
The Gospel message is good news. It is the news that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, took the punishment that people deserve because of their sin through his death on the cross. He rose from the dead and offers them full forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and a restored relationship with God if they place their trust in him and not in themselves to earn righteousness.
Relevant Scriptures: John 3:16 / Romans 3:23-24; 6:23 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 / Colossians 2:13-14
Remembering the Gospel
The Gospel is the foundation by which Christians live the Christian life. Knowing the Gospel is not just for new Christians. It is for every Christian. We never graduate from our need of it. Any spiritual activity that we do serves to help us know more about the gospel, delight in the gospel, or live out the gospel in our everyday lives.
Relevant Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:8 / Hebrews 12:1-2 / 1 Peter 1:13,18-19
When a person begins to believe or trust in the gospel personally, they begin a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is as if they are “born again” into a new life. Their sin is forgiven and they are spiritually alive. However, they do not know how to live the Christian life. This is also called walking with God. Their spiritual life is new and needs to grow so that it matches in reality what is already true of them in status. For example, if you have a righteous status because of Jesus then you should attempt to match this righteous status with righteous living.
Relevant Scriptures: John 3:3 / Philippians 1:27 / Colossians 1:28 / 1 Peter 2:2
Purpose of the Spiritual Habits
Spiritual growth is always a pursuit. We can certainly make progress in holy or righteous living but we never stop seeking to grow. The reason is that we will always be aware of our personal imperfections and the need for spiritual growth in our lives. This knowledge of our imperfections does not drive us to shame because the new identity that Christ gives us in our salvation reassures us that our sin is decreasing and that we are His children. So we pursue holiness or a closer walk with God through practicing spiritual habits taught in the Bible.
Relevant Scriptures : 1 Timothy 4:7-8 / 2 Peter 1:3
Bible Reading & Mediation
The Bible is God’s Word. It is the story of God creating the world, mankind falling into sin, and God redeeming all people who would trust in Him through His son, Jesus Christ. The Bible was written by people but inspired by God. It is perfect in everything that it intends to teach. When Christians read and reflect on the Word of God, they learn the ways of God and as a result move into a deeper relationship with God. From the Bible, we learn wisdom for life that helps us to bring honor to God.
Where do you begin with reading the Bible? You can begin by picking up a Bible reading plan from LifePark on Sundays, by scrolling down on this page, or simply begin with the New Testament and read a chapter or more a day until to finish the Bible, then begin to read Genesis.
Here is a model to use in helping you meditate on the Bible: SOAP
- Scripture: Read a passage of Scripture.
- Observe: Spend a little time thinking about what you just read. Ask investigative questions about it. (Who, what, when, where, why, and how).
- Apply: Think about what you just read and how this can help you to live differently today.
- Prayer: Spend time talking to God about what you just read.
One of the great privileges that Christians have is talking to God. In essence, it is talking with God. Christians come before God with respect (reverence) but also with comfort because we are His adopted children. When Christians pray, they can take all of the inner pressures and worries and discuss them with God. In prayer, they can cultivate gratitude by spending time thanking God for provision and praising Him for His attributes. Also, Christians have the privilege of praying for others.
Relevant Scriptures: Philippians 4:6-7 / 1 Thessalonians 5:17 / Hebrews 4:16
Bible reading and prayer are personal spiritual habits. They are step one for the Christian. Immediately after they have been introduced into your life, a Christian should proceed quickly to the following three.
Every Christian is called to make a contribution to the kingdom of God. God desires for us to be contributors, not just consumers. The way to do this is by serving at LifePark. There are a variety of areas and you have the option of serving in most of them. The important thing is for you to get involved and begin to minister to others as they are ministering to you. In this way, all of us are serving one another and together we are building each other up in faith. The Bible is clear that God expects Christians to serve. He has given us spiritual gifts for the good of others. So if a Christian is not serving then others are being neglected. If we all contribute to the ministry, then everyone will be blessed by one another and with our relationship with the Lord.
Relevant Scriptures: Acts 6:1-7 / Romans 12:3-8 / 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 / Ephesians 4:11-13
God created Christians to live in community. This does not just mean attending a church service on Sundays. Rather it means cultivating relationships with other Christians for the purpose of supporting one another in faith. The best way to cultivate these relationships is to be a part of a LifeGroup at LifePark. LifeGroups typically meet weekly for fellowship, bible study, and prayer. It is our hope for every person who goes to LifePark to be connected to at least one LifeGroup. There are LifeGroups for men, women, and co-ed groups. They meet on different days of the week and at different times. In addition to our LifeGroups, LifePark also has other groups with a more special focus.
Relevant Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47 / 1 Thessalonians 2:8 / James 5:19-20
Giving is a vital spiritual practice simply because money has such a prominent place in our lives. For many, it can be difficult to give for a variety of reasons so when Christians do give, it is a real act of faith. At LifePark, we encourage giving to be done on a continual basis (automated online giving is really easy), generous, and sacrificial. We encourage this, not because we need the money, but because it promotes personal faith and serves as a vital contribution to God’s kingdom building.
Relevant Scriptures: Malachi 3:10 / Acts 4:32-37 / 2 Corinthians 9:6-11