In this book, Growth In A New Life In Christ, that you are about to read, we will look at two specific stories from the Bible that are excellent examples to use in examining your own Christian walk with Jesus. One is a parable; the other is a book from the Old Testament. The parable is The Vine And The Branches. The story is from the book of Esther. We will do a thorough study of both. I pray that, after you have completed your readings, you see more clearly the importance of the following:
• Jesus in you.
• Jesus growing His love in you.
• Jesus attempting to live the Christian life through you.
I invite you to participate in each of the studies. Place yourself right there in the center of everything – where Jesus always is. The Vine And The Branches and the story of Esther are also spiritual stories. They provide significant lessons for you to learn – to the extent that you participate. I encourage you to participate fully because Jesus is waiting to grow you deeper in love with Him. Yes, your growth is very necessary and is done within you. Only Jesus can do the growing in you. So relax, rest in His love, and let the Holy Spirit grow you deeper in love with Jesus.