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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; Revised & Expanded edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156769103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567691030
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international multimedia ministry based in Lake Mary, Florida, and can be heard teaching around the United States and overseas on his daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.

He is the author of more than sixty books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, What is Reformed Theology?, The Invisible Hand, Faith Alone, and A Taste of Heaven. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

Customer Reviews

Excellent book on how to grow in your Christian walk.
Bobby P Holman
The reverse is also true: one who has passed over and is living anew will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and his life will show it.
Anna Wood
R.C. Sproul is very clear and makes himself very easy to understand while communicating the truths he is teaching.
Jonathon W. Shiveley

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Donald S. Meador on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to see if it would be suitable for use in a new believers class - I was looking for something that would ground them in the basics of Christian practice. So, the title "Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow" certainly caught my eye.
What are the five things? They are Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, Service, and Stewardship. These five things are essential to Christian growth. They are precisely the topics I was looking for in a book.
Upon reading the book, I discovered that the book is prescriptive, not descriptive. In other words, the book tells one what to do, but fails to tell one how to do it.
Each of the chapters could have been about half its length. Much of the verbage was story to exemplify the point. We understand the necessity and importance of these five aspects of the Christian life. It is the "how-to" that people have trouble with. In many cases, mentoring is the answer, but it helps to have something written to use as well.
So, if you're looking for a "how-to" book, this probably will not completely satisfy you. If you're looking for a book that will help you to understand the importance and necessity of these five aspects of the Christian life, this book will serve you pretty well (though I believe differently than Dr. Sproul on where the tithe is to be given).
One major benefit is that all five aspects are discussed in only 88 pages. The book can be read in one sitting, or as a one chapter a day supplement to one's devotional time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow is a book about Christians and farming. R.C. Sproul suggests five things that every Christian needs to grow--barley, wheat, corn... OK, I'm just kidding. But don't you think the strangely ambiguous title could fit such a book? In reality, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow is a reprint of a small book published in 2002 by Thomas Nelson. Revised, expanded and given a great new cover, the book has been republished by Reformation Trust, the publishing division of Ligonier Ministries.

Just as any living organism has requirements if it is to grow and thrive, in the same way Christians have God-given requirements that are necessary elements if there is to be any growth in grace and godliness. In this book R.C. Sproul describes five spiritual "nutrients" crucial to spiritual maturity: Bible study, prayer, worship, service and stewardship. In the Introduction Sproul borrows the biblical metaphor of athletics and writes, "Christians are called upon to train, to make sacrifices, and to embrace certain disciplines in order to give God `our utmost for His highest.' This book deals with five of those disciplines: Bible study, prayer, worship, service and stewardship. Just as Olympic athletes work hard to achieve their best performances, our diligence in attending to these aspects of the Christian life will help determine our effectiveness in serving our Lord."

Sproul teaches that the Word of God is God's instrument for both conversion and spiritual growth. "By immersing ourselves in the Word of God, we begin to gain the mind of Christ and learn what discipleship is." He offers advice on getting started in reading the Bible suggesting both methods and resources that will assist the new believer.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on September 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS CLEARLY IN RESPONSE TO THE PRAYER OF JABEZ. The dimensions of the cover, number of pages, and the promise of a simple formula for Christian growth. The book titled: Five Things Christian Needs to Grow is thinner and the print in the text smaller. Text print is smaller then other Sproul books. On the cover of the Prayer of Jabez is the line "Breaking Through to the Blessed Life". "To Grow" does not have the sound of immediacy as "Breaking Through" does. Both texts are aimed at the believer who feels something lacking in their Christian walk. The Sproul's work maps out five things a Christian needs to do to have spiritual growth. This work is more a brief outline what a Christian needs to have in his walk. Wilkerson's work more concentrates on prayer and having faith in whom one prays to.

Sproul urges the Christian to hunger for God's word. Biblical study is paramount in the Christian walk. It is important that the Christian read the whole bible, but in what sequence of books read will alter the edification of the person. The whole bible is a message from God. Sproul recommends the order, composition, and number of chapters Christian should read daily. He also recommends other ligonier resources that help a student of the bible understand God's word.

What type of prayer does R.C. Sproul suggest. He starts with the obvious the "Lord's prayer". The prayer Jesus used as example for the disciples. From there he broadens his suggestion of praying through the Lord's prayer; to use the exact words but to follow up with your own paraphrase and concepts. This is what Martin Luther taught. Martin Luther also prayed through the ten commandments and the Apostles creed. This discussion on prayer is prescriptive and descriptive.
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