Personal Growth & Development

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Summary: Books and online Christian Bible studies help you grow as an individual, emotionally and spiritually, and help you grow as a Christian. Key advice comes from Matthew 7:1-5 where Jesus said to take the plank out of your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. For individuals and small groups.

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Personal Growth Bible Studies

Center Your Life in Christ

Turn to God — Let God help you experience your deepest potential

Let the Holy Spirit change you — God has a plan to transform you

Seek to please God — Key to living a meaningful life

How to obey God’s commands — Practical steps to loving God and loving others


Discover Your Identity in Christ

God’s love for me — A personal Bible study on God’s love for us

Loving yourself — Does the Bible say you must love yourself before you can love others?

You are a child of God — Don’t take your relationship with God for granted

You are a temple of the Holy Spirit — Knowing that God’s Spirit lives in you can transform your self-image

You are part of the body of Christ — You are closely connected to Jesus and every other believer

God’s spirit lives in you — Who or what is the Holy Spirit?

Depend on God’s power — Learn how to live in God’s power, not your own


Take Practical Steps for Personal Growth

Focus on changes you should make — Not changes other people should make

Don’t take things personally — Even if someone wants you to take them personally

Why should I forgive him or her? — Forgiveness brings healing to you as well to others

Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion — Don’t let your emotions control you

Choose joy — You can live a joyful life

Humility — Understanding what humility is (and what it isn’t)

Expect problems — Don’t be surprised when you have problems

Turn to God in the midst of problems — God will strengthen you and help you

Video on forgiveness and personal growth — “Forgiveness and the Beach”

Be a positive person — Focus on the positive, say positive words

Be a thankful person — Say “thank you” to God and other people often

Practice kindness — Ask God to help you be kind, generous, and understanding

Making deep friends — Practical steps to developing deep friendships with other believers

Learn about yourself and others in small group studies — Learn as you study together


Live with Integrity

Tell the truth — The Bible warns against dishonesty and lying

Guard your conscience — Take these steps for a clean conscience


Understand Your Purpose in Life

You have a purpose — What is God’s purpose for my life?

Discover God’s “boredom cures” — Live life as an adventure


Dealing with Failure

Overcoming failure or sin, Part 1 — Learn from David’s example

Overcoming failure or sin, Part 2 — Learn from Paul’s example

Overcoming failure or sin, Part 3 — Learn from Peter’s example

Overcoming failure or sin, Part 4 — Practical steps to help you in the future


Trusting God

Trust God to be with you — Put your primary trust in God, not others

Trust God, not your emotions — Your emotions go up and down, but God is dependable

Remember God’s faithfulness — Trust God: Remember times he was faithful in the Bible and in your life

Leave the results in God’s hands — Do your part, then trust God


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Looking for Bible-based ways to grow as a person? These online Bible studies and books provide scriptural insights to help you grow both emotionally and spiritually. They also are good resources for counselors, pastors, mentors and anyone else who wants to help others more effectively. Check this page—as well as other topics listed below under “More topics”—from time to time, since more studies are added periodically. For individuals and small groups.

Feel free to print or download these Bible studies for personal use. (Please read our reprint policy.)


Bible Verses About Personal Growth

Experiencing God’s Love

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-21)


Discovering God’s Purpose

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:4-8)

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