Spiritual growth doesn’t happen by chance. It is the direct result of disciplines. A person can’t have one without the other. At the same time, when people think of spiritual disciplines, many have a tendency to view them as solo projects. I study. I pray. I worship. I fellowship. Actually, they are all related for they overlap with each other. The synergies of these yield growth in faith.
In this year’s Grow Your Faith, you will find different opportunities to study inside of a community. There are only two things required: Time and Energy. When we devote time and energy to study, God always does something unique. We learn more about others and ourselves. In addition, we learn more about God and how he works. In a word, study gives us direction—a Godly-Direction. The Apostle Paul was aware of the need for study when he wrote, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
If you are new to St. Paul, each of these studies will provide something more than what will be learned. They also provide a place to connect with other people so that we all grow together. The good news is there is something for everyone. My prayer is that all will grow in faith. I hope you will consider one of these studies and use it as a means to learn and mature in your faith.