5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow, Revised and Expanded  -     By: R.C. Sproul
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Reformation Trust Publishing / 2008 / Hardcover

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How do Christians grow? Dr. R.C. Sproul teaches new and seasoned Christians the five crucial aspects of true spiritual growth. He explains the vast importance of Bible study, prayer, worship, acts of service, and stewardship while offering practical guidance through each discipline.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 136
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 156769103X
ISBN-13: 9781567691030
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There is a popular subgenre in books today of works of less than 100 pages that can easily rest on a coffee table or be stored in a purse or glove compartment. They are meant to be given as gifts to acquaintances, or to invite skimming while waiting in someone’s living room. Rarely do their size or title indicate that anything of real depth or lasting insight will be contained within.

The person who approaches R.C.’s Sproul’s newly revised small volume, Five Things Every Christian Needs To Grow might be tempted to place this book in that category because of its similar size and title. But they would miss out. This work is, in 135 concentrated but highly readable pages, a simple outlining of the five disciplines every Christian must pursue to grow in their faith and life in Christ. While the book contains all the common hallmarks of this genre – interesting stories and personal anecdotes, illustrations from Bible stories retold in contemporary language – Sproul deftly lays out why the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and stewardship are essential to the life of a believer (Col. 1:10). For those who are new to the Christian faith, Sproul simply and clearly presents the reasons why each of these disciplines is essential to the faith, and winningly describes the blessings to be derived from them.

Those who are older in the faith and skeptical of reviewing these one more time, will also be blessed by Sproul’s pointed reminders of why these disciplines are so important. For example, to those who struggle with or are frustrated by a particular portion or book of Scripture, Sproul admonishes us to consider that “[i]f I don’t like something I read in Scripture, perhaps I simply don’t understand it. If so, studying it again may help. If, in fact, I do understand the passage and still don’t like it, this is not an indication there is something wrong with the Bible. It’s an indication there is something wrong with me.” The final Question and Answer chapter offers common questions Sproul hears in relation to these disciplines, and are clearly and compellingly addressed.

This small book offers great insight for Christians new and old alike. -- Rachael Starke, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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People need to maintain a diet of nutritious foods if their bodies are to grow and thrive.But what do the people of God need in order to grow and thrive in the Christian faith? In this book, noted theologian and pastor R.C. Sproul identifies five of the crucial “nutrients” that promote spiritual growth: Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and stewardship. With biblical insight and practical wisdom, Dr. Sproul teaches Christians how to maintain a balanced “diet” that will lead to growth and mature Christian living. This book is an important resource for new believers to learn these spiritual disciplines and become grounded in the Christian faith in a way that anyone can understand.

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  1. Ettie
    Milledgeville, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A concise, biblical approach to five disciplines.
    March 13, 2012
    Ettie
    Milledgeville, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was purchased for church library use.

    It will be recommended to new church members to help them grow and develop in areas of Bible study, prayer, worship, service and stewardship. It will likewise be recommended to those who have been Christians longer to strengthen their growth in all five of these Christian disciplines. This is a concise, to-the point approach to Christian growth and development.
  2. Anthony Shuler
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book
    July 15, 2011
    Anthony Shuler
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The title of this book pretty well sums up what it's about. The five things are Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, Service and Stewardship. One chapter is dedicated to each of these topics and Sproul closes the book with a solid Q and A chapter. This book would be a great resource for new Christians who need to learn about the basics of religious practice. It's also good for anyone more established in his faith to brush up on his fundamental of Christian living. So then it's good for anyone. The book itself was easily understood and written and a very practical and personal level. Very good work. My only real problem is on the Stewardship chapter. I believe in giving but I reject the tithe on theological grounds. The chapter is clearly in favor of the tithe but I don't believe Sproul did a good job of supporting his view Biblically. He tries a little and did a better job than most but I'm just not convinced. Let the reader judge for himself. Minor disagreement aside I still recommend the book.

    Thank you to Reformation Trust Publishing who provided for free the book that was the topic of this review.
  3. calamity Jane
    Morehead, Kentusky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This should be in the hands of every new christian
    April 19, 2011
    calamity Jane
    Morehead, Kentusky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book provides the basics of growing up in Christ and

    how to continue to grow all of our lives.
  4. PHarv
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great supplement to daily Bible reading
    March 30, 2011
    PHarv
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I actually ordered 2 copies, both for new believers, based on my opinion that Dr. Sproul combines theological knowledge & insight that is second to none withe the rare ability to communicate it in understandable ways to "every day" people. I did peruse the book and like all of Sproul's books, it did not disappoint. Beginning your Christian walk recognizing that the Scriptures serve as both compass & map is essential, but a little book like this can really be helpful in that it has identified some of the essential ingredients for growth, and pulled them right from Scripture. A real blessing & resource for the church.....
  5. David Shaw
    Tecumseh, OK
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2011
    David Shaw
    Tecumseh, OK
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The thought I had while reading this book is that it would be a helpful resource to give a new believer. The information found in it would be of great value to new converts because this book covers topics that are needed to grow in Christ. In the chapter on service the author, RC Sproul from Ligonier Ministries, explains why he chose the five topics discussed in this book. To quote, "The five practices we are exploring in this book are all means of grace. A means of grace is a tool or instrument that God uses to strengthen and nurture us so that we grow in conformity to Christ." The five tools that RC gives us are foundational to growth in Christ - Bible study, prayer, worship, service and stewardship. Clearly these are tools that all Christians, new and old alike, need each day in their walk with God.

    RC writes in a clear and easily understood manner. A person doesn't need a theological degree to grasp each topic and the importance they have in the life of a Christian. He takes us to Scripture to show us how each tool is needed and required of believers. RC's desire for his readers to grow in Christ is evident on every page.

    I would encourage anyone to pick up this little book, new believer or life-long Christian. When you finish you will be better equipped to grow in Christ.

    Disclaimer - I received this resource free as a PDF from Reformation Trust Publishing. I will receive a free copy of this book as compensation for my review, positively or negatively, on my site.
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