Welcome to an adventure! When you put your trust in Jesus Christ, you began a journey of spiritual growth. In doing so, you are getting to know Jesus better, learning to trust Him more, and growing in your love for Him and His people.
As with any journey, your growth in Christ will happen one step at a time. As you look at Stepping Stones, remember that you are not alone. You have many brothers and sisters in Christ who are taking the same steps, learning the same things, and growing in the same way - together we are becoming more like Jesus Christ every day.
". . . so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
Why this resource and how to use it
All of us would likely say that we want to grow and live the life God made us to live. But sometimes it's difficult to know if we're actually growing in all the ways God desires or whether we're growing at all. This resource is intended to help you determine potential areas of personal growth and then provide a pathway on which to walk - a collection of stepping stones - that will give you some direction and forward momentum. You may consider Stepping Stones your personal roadmap to spiritual maturity.
Every human being is unique, has different challenges, learns differently, and is designed by God to reflect HIs glory and to be HIs presence to the world in a way like no other. Spiritual growth is not a "one size fits all" thing. God allows us to grow in a variety of ways - if we are regularly getting together with other believers, listening to teaching, praying, and reading the Bible, we are definitely going to be growing. Nonetheless, it is good to be intentional in our growth and take steps to grow in a comprehensive way. Stepping Stones can allow each of us to take steps in our spiritual growth that are unique to our lives.
A few notes about how Stepping Stones is organized....
- Stepping Stones is divided into ten areas of spiritual life, which are identified as ten markers of spiritual maturity. The ten areas are arranged into the four strategic components of Cornerstone Church: Belong, Grow, Serve, and Go. If everyone who is part of this church family is belonging in community, growing in Christ, serving God and others, and going with the message of Jesus, then we as a church will be able to accomplish the task God has given us of leading more and more people in to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
- The ten areas are in no order. If in looking over this resource you feel compelled to learn more about the Holy Spirit, for instance, then start there. It makes no difference where that area is in the sequence of this resource. The only exception might be the first one listed: Trusting Jesus for My Salvation. Without this, there is no relational foundation with God on which to build.
- Within each are you will find resources arranged into Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. These steps refer to the depth and extent of the content similar to beginner, intermediate, and advanced. In general, the content in Step 1 will set you up for success with the content in Step 2. However, the resources in Step 2 don't specifically build on the resources in Step 1. So, feel free to start with any step in any section. Keep in mind, though, that it never hurts to review the fundamentals before going on to more advanced practice.
- Within each step, you will find four different avenues or forms of delivery: Book, Study/DVD, Media and Experience. Since we're all wired differently, various options are in place for you to pursue. Choose whichever one will work best for you or utilize them all.
May God make Himself known to you as you walk with Him on this journey.
The leadership of Cornerstone does not necessarily endorse 100% of the views of all authors in this resource. These are simply solid resources that should be understood in light of the truth of Christ Himself, who is the Word of God.