DCL 1.5 Instruction | Our Growth: My Growth Gives Me Potential

Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


This final issue may be the most important one. If you are still growing in any area, there is hope for you. The truth is—it’s not so much where you are, but what direction you are going that matters. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”One Pulitzer Prize winning composer said it this way, “Hell begins on that day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts we wasted, of all that we might have done that we did not do.” A life that is positively changing is the proper measure as to whether information is making a difference in one’s life.


Misconceptions About Growth

1.  Growth is automatic: false. Many grow older without growing up or growing wiser.

2.  Growth comes from information: false. Knowledge without application means little.

3.  Growth comes with experience: false. Experience is only good if it improves us.

4.  Growth is unnecessary for me: false. If you plan to lead, you must keep growing.



  • What hinders you from continuing to grow personally?


 Biblical Case Study: The Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:12-14)

 1.  He decided he wasn’t where he wanted to be.
Paul admitted he wasn’t perfect and that he still needed to grow as a person.
“Not that I have already obtained it, or have already been made perfect…” (Philippians 3:12)

 2.  He discovered what he wanted.
Paul figured out exactly what it was that was worth working for and growing toward.
“…but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which I also was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12)

3.  He determined what hindered him.
Paul uncovered exactly what it was that would prevent him from reaching his goal.
“…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead…” (Philippians 3:13)

4.  He discovered how to get it.
Paul learned the steps he needed to take to gain the outcome he was pursuing.
“…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)



  • Think about what would happen if you never grew intellectually, spiritually or emotionally any more for the rest of your life. What would it cost you?


Steps for Personal Growth

Here are some practical steps to ensure personal growth in your life.

1.  Make a plan to grow in some way every day.

2.  Establish goals for growth in key areas of your life.

3.  Put yourself in a growth environment.

4.  Learn to enjoy the journey: learn all you can from each person, resource and opportunity.

5.  File what you learn in a place where you can find it when you need it.

6.  Apply what you learn.



In what area (generosity, values or growth) do you most need a plan?

What step will you take to grow in this area?


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