Questions Related to Spiritual Growth

There are many different means for evaluating our spiritual growth. As we move forward with a teaching series at Eastbrook entitled “Let’s Grow” I have been working my way through and looking over a lot of different approaches to spiritual growth.

Donald Whitney, published author and Associate Professor for Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, put together a resource for assessing our spiritual health that is built around a series of ten questions.

As I look at the questions, I’d like your feedback on whether you think these questions are helpful, as well as which of the questions particularly hits home for you.

Here they are:

  1. Do you thirst for God?
  2. Are you governed increasingly by God’s word?
  3. Are you more loving?
  4. Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
  5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
  6. Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
  7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
  8. Do you still grieve over sin?
  9. Are you a quick forgiver?
  10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

So, do you think these are helpful questions for assessing spiritual health?

Also, which question hits home for you right now?

7 thoughts on “Questions Related to Spiritual Growth

  1. I think they are decent questions. The main weakness is that they are focused on individual response. But that tends to be a weakness of the Evangelical world. I think honest reflection by a large group of people would lend itself toward better community.

    I saw right below your post on facebook about this a link to a free book on assessing spiritual growth from Wheaton Press. I haven’t even looked at it.

    • Well put, Adam. I do think the tendency of the evangelical world, or even of Western Christians, is to be too individualistic. I’ll take a look at the assessment book you mentioned.

      • Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

        Agree with Adam, individualistic focus should be secondary to a primary focus on God. He is big enough, high enough, the only righteous One who is just. This is what we long for. It is a vision of Him and relationship with Him that keeps us going. Otherwise there is a tendency to spiritual fatigue and cynicism. Maybe just reverse the questions/ideas into statements which focus on God: God alone satisfies thirst. God’s word directs my steps. No one loves like Jesus. Be still and know that I am God…. you get the idea.

      • Well put, Glennda. I appreciate the fact that you bring the focus back to the Lord. Do you think it’s possible to do this while also trying to get a sense of where we are at?

        I’m reminded of a mentor of mine who often asked the question: “how is your soul?” as an entry point toward discussions of how God was at work in our lives.

  2. The question that hits home the most to me is whether or not I’m more and more governed by the word of God. I often look as myself as being governed under the laws of the land, and forget I’m really governed under the Kingdom principals.

  3. I do…I think I was just seeing those questions as subjective and all of them being answered as “needs improvement.” Thus, I want something in my life that doesn’t need improvement, and that’s God! So I guess we pray for the Holy Spirit and Word of God to bring conviction on specifics and then we have the humility to repent. So the ability to face ourselves head on, the meekness to repent, and the luxury of wallowing in the love of our Father throughout our days.

  4. Hey Matt! I think this is a great list to pray over.
    I think at the moment, for me, number ten is kind of hitting home. While I do think about what heaven and being with Jesus will be like, and ponder that as something that will happen for me in the future- I don’t really feel a yearning exactly for it all the time. A lot of times I love my life at the moment (maybe too much) to long for that…

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