Very recently, I read through R.C. Sproul’s “Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow,” and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. All of it.
This is a very well written book with great insight for both new Christians as well as seasoned Christians who have been serving the Lord for many years. For me, it has been a quite refreshing read through which God has helped me see old truths in new light, as well as just lit the proverbial lightbulb above my head about some things that I have heard in the past.
The Five Things are:
1. Bible Study
I really want to go in depth about all of these topics, however, it would spoils parts of the book and I want you to read it(Especially because you can get it free from amazon.com for the kindle!).
Sproul gives much insight towards studying the Bible, along with great advice on how to avoid some of the initial pitfalls of the Christian life altogether. This is a book which I could have read years ago when I first came to know the Lord. For prayer, we are reminded that it is a duty, but, not only a duty, a privilege(among other things) to be able to commune with the one true God, the Creator of the Universe. For worship, Sproul opens with why we shouldn’t add to how God wants it done, and then lays out a great case for doing it God’s way(and why fix it if it isn’t broken?). For service, we are reminded that it is truly a means of grace. And for stewardship, which I think is truly obvious, we need to remember to tithe and also be very careful with our money. Not spending when we don’t have, and doing what we can to glorify God with what we have.
Ok, I hope I haven’t spoiled too much of the book, but, I encourage you to go out and read it. It is a quick read. It took me a few days to read it(I have 2 kids and a pregnant wife), however, when all was said and done, it took maybe 90 minutes to read the whole thing. So, I encourage you to get it!
You can purchase it HERE on Amazon.com(This is an great deal if you’re reading it on your Kindle device or app, as it’s free as of this posting) or HERE from the Westminster Theological Seminary bookstore.