The Church is the vehicle for Christian growth.
Illustration: Your life was like a glass of dirty water
Being born again is like being given a new glass.
Discipleship-filling up your new glass with fresh, clean water. (Col. 1:27-28)
Discipleship is a struggle. (1:29)
There is a purpose for the struggle of discipleship. (2:1-4)
You must continue to live in Him. (2:6-10)
Before a Christian can be fruitful, you must be rooted and built up.
Through the Church, you are receive the teaching and are given the opportunity to produce fruit.
1. Accountability- to God and to our fellow church members.
2. Grace- space and freedom to be immature and the time to develop maturity.