Have you considered you need to imitate his knowledge of the faith?
Jesus understood the scriptures so much better than the Jewish leaders did!
So how can you do that?
People who read grow | People who think grow
Books are of no value if you don’t read them. The Growth Membership helps you read the best books, gives you a space to think together with fellow believers, and encourages you to grow!
We’ve seen this help our members…
The Growth Membership is designed to help everyday Christians develop godly character and rich depth in their walk with Christ by focusing on just one area of biblical growth at a time.
Each month we focus on one important topic and explain what it looks like, why it is important, and how to implement it in your life.
We also provide opportunities to learn how to dig into this subject in more detail so that you can go further and answer your own questions that come up as we study the subject together.
By signing up to the Growth Membership, you get access to a community of like-minded people, regular content revolving around our monthly theme, and two live calls per month!
New content will be delivered twice weekly. One article is focused on the significance of this topic – why it is important and how it works – and the other on the practicalities of this topic.
Every other month we select and recommend a book focused around particular characteristics of godliness and Christlikeness along with a reading plan for the book. These are practical and easily applied in a variety of life circumstances (family, ministry, work, etc).
Every other month we’ll select a book that is intended to enrich your faith in some way. These books are sometimes more academic, sometimes easy to read but always interesting and take you beyond the subjects you’d normally encounter in church.
Each month we’ll look at tools and resources you can use to study this month’s topic in more depth, using Logos Bible Software. You don’t need to use Logos Bible Software, but we’re using it and can share our screen so you see what we’re doing, what resources we use, and answer any questions you have.
At the end of the month we’ll have a wrap up call, where we will discuss the topic we’ve looked at, how its impacted us and learn from each other’s experiences.
Don’t forget ALL our calls are recorded and made available afterwards if you can’t make the call!
All our material is interactive, meaning you get to engage with the Biblical Mastery Academy team and our enthusiastic members in discussion every week.
The Growth Membership will help you to…
In one of our recent surveys, we noticed that 91% of people who answered say they have a ministry.
So, chances are, you have a ministry in which you’d like to grow.
Perhaps you want to lovingly lead your wife with a servant heart as you study the Bible and worship together at home.
Maybe you want to get others excited about studying God’s word.
Maybe you feel the need for a richer, more joyful walk with God which flows out into Bible teaching and discipleship of others.
Maybe you’re homeschooling your kids and you know you need a firm foundation.
Whatever your ministry is, it can only become more effective if you are going through the personal growth you want to see in others.
For years I struggled to read.
But when I started reading, I found my growth took off.
Because reading is a great way to walk in the thoughts and experiences of others, and this challenges us to hear what the Lord has been doing in the lives and hearts of others throughout the centuries.
Think about that for a moment, we have 20 centuries of the Holy Spirit leading other disciples of Christ behind us.
The Holy Spirit didn’t just start with you or me! Smarter and godlier people have gone before us, and many are still with us today!
We should be drawing on that!
But in our current cultural climate, its tempting to think that we’re on an island cut off from the riches of the Christian heritage.
This doesn’t mean everything in church history was right and good, but it does mean we can learn from it all!
By reading and thinking with those who have gone before us, we expand our understanding beyond where we would go in our regular day to day life.
Reading with a group amplifies the benefits of reading!
These are the kinds of subjects we cover in our interpretation track
In addition, in the application track we’ll cover subjects such as:
We don’t expect every member to read every book.
In fact, the reading is entirely optional, though we hope to encourage you to read a little more. 😉
The weekly articles are intended to be short and digestible (around 300-450 words each – around one to one and a half pages). If all you have time to do is read those, then it won’t take too long at all, and you’ll still get huge benefit from the membership!
Not only that, but you’ll also be able to benefit from the insights and posts that other members leave as we meditate on each topic together.
If you struggle with lack of structure in your studies and devotionals, the Growth Membership will help you to focus on one area of growth at a time.
Because we offer one biblical theme a month, you’ll have one area of study to zero in on, and you don’t even need to plan it!
We provide weekly content to help you grow and experience biblical transformation relating to the theme.
Every month, Growth Members will get the opportunity to join a live call to learn how to use tools like Logos Bible Software, books and other tools to study this subject or topic in more detail.
This call will be an opportunity for you to gain skills to make your study times even more effective.
You’re also welcome to ask questions and share your own insight and learnings!
Every call will be recorded and posted in the community, so even if you miss out on attending live, you will be able to watch the replay.
The Greek Hub is our exclusive, paid discussion group for all things Greek. If you're self studying New Testament Greek, you'll find this group incredibly beneficial.
We're giving all Growth Members a free pass to join the Greek Hub so that you can discuss Greek, ask questions, and make headway in your Greek studies.
We have 500+ members in the Greek Mastery Membership, many of whom would love to support you in your Greek studies!,
Join these calls to ask a Greek instructor your questions about Greek! Wherever you're up to in your studies, the Office Hours is there for you to get help, clarity and support so that you can move forward!
Join these calls to discuss, translate and read through Greek New Testament texts. Grow in your ability to work with the original languages of scripture in a group setting, led by an instructor!
The Hebrew Hub is our exclusive, paid discussion group for all things Hebrew. If you're self studying Old Testament Hebrew, you'll find this group incredibly beneficial.
We're giving all Growth Members a free pass to join the Hebrew Hub so that you can discuss Hebrew, ask questions, and make headway in your Hebrew studies.
We have 40+ members in the Hebrew Mastery Membership, many of whom would love to support you in your Hebrew studies!
Join these calls to ask a Hebrew instructor your questions about Hebrew! Wherever you're up to in your studies, the Office Hours is there for you to get help, clarity and support so that you can move forward!
These bonuses will be incredibly useful to you if you have a desire to start, refresh or continue in studying the original languages of the Bible.
Usually these bonuses are for Mastery Members who are enrolled in Greek or Hebrew with us, they’re available to you for the last time during this opening of the Growth Membership!
If you miss this offer, you’ll have to pay and optional $5 a month extra (on top of your Growth Membership cost) for Hub access.
Don’t miss out on this bonus access to other members studying the languages and our instructors!
I grew up in a small rural New Zealand town. The Lord graciously opened my eyes to see the supremacy of Christ and granted me repentance when I was 17.
A few years later I married my wonderful wife and began a career in information technology. After working in this industry for fifteen years, the Lord opened an opportunity for theological training in the United States.
I completed a bachelors degree in Biblical Counselling and a Master of Divinity, then returned to New Zealand in 2015, where I began to work on my PhD through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I graduated with my doctorate in Biblical Counselling with a minor in Biblical Spirituality in May, 2019.
During the time I was writing my dissertation, I began to teach on the practical outworkings of Spiritual Growth through my own online platform. The Lord has been gracious to give me the opportunity to disciple, counsel, and serve Christians looking to grow in their walk with Christ.
I struggled immensely in my walk with God for years after becoming a Christian. Despite going to church, reading the Bible, and praying, I constantly struggled with shame, fear, depression, doubts about my salvation, and feeling condemned by God.
It was crippling. I was less “walking” with God and more “hobbling” or “falling”.
But in the Lord’s providence, I was drawn to study Scripture at The Master’s University, where I slowly learnt how to apply God’s Word to my life and struggles.
As a result, over these past years, my life has radically changed! Though I am far from perfect, and some days are a struggle, my walk with God is no longer marked by “hobbling” but more consistent obedience, freedom from guilt, rich devotional times, confidence in God’s promises, and joy in Christ’s sufficiency.
This can be true for you too!
One of my greatest desires is to see people thrive in knowing and walking with the Lord. From personal experience, I can attest that this happens in the power of God as we understand, trust and apply His words to our specific circumstances and struggles. For as long as God allows, I want to encourage you to live this out for yourself so that you might personally grow in savoring the sufficiency of Christ.
Because we’re offering a new theme every month, you will experience a much broader scope of growth than if we were only focusing on devotional time.
There will be devotional elements packed into the rich content we deliver, meaning you will be able to take the content and incorporate it into your scripture studies, prayers, journaling ands more.
By focusing on one theme or topic each month, it allows us to go deep in that one topic, to apply it to our lives, and be changed by it.
If we did that just once, it would be great, right?
But what happens when we compound this, by repeating it with new topics each month?
That’s when the transformation really kicks in.
Growth Members continue to focus on key areas of character, find new areas to grow in, and get a broader, richer and more engaging understanding of your faith than they ever thought possible without going to seminary.
Maybe you’re thinking…
I went to seminary too. It was great, I loved being stretched and discovering the depth and richness of the Christian worldview.
But I missed that when I left seminary… until now.
The Growth Membership is a great way to continue to grow and discover like in seminary but at a reasonable pace and with a group of other like-minded believers.
We have intentionally left the book list out when writing this page. Not because we don’t have a list of books, but we want to respond to members around the order of our subjects. This may mean we change the books or order of books, and we wouldn’t want you to go out and buy a whole bunch of books if we don’t end up reading them! However, with that disclaimer out the way, here’s a sample list of some of the books we are thinking of introducing this year:
Desiring God, John Piper
Introduction to the Septuagint, Greg Lanier & William Ross
How People Change, Lane and Tripp
Finding the Right Hills to Die On, Gavin Ortlund
Life in the Father’s House, Swavely and Mack
Redeeming Productivity, Reagan Rose
Love Thy Body, Nancy Pearcey
… And many more like these!
There’s an old saying, “what you put in is what you get out”. That is the case with the Growth Membership. It’s your call how much effort you want to put into studying each of the themes of the month, how many of our videos you want to watch, how many articles you want to read and engage with, how many books you want to read and how many live calls you want to attend.
We make it easy for you by providing rich, applicable material, meaning that even if you only have a couple of hours a week to put into this membership, you will still get a lot out of it.
If you aim to read the book of the month, you are probably looking at spending a few hours a week reading. But you don’t have to read every book, and we’ll let you know what books we’re going to be reading a month in advance so you’ll have extra time to get ahead. We believe that growing Christians are reading Christians, so adding reading as a spiritual discipline will be a huge blessing to your walk with Christ!
All that to say: You can spend as little as 1 hour a week in the Growth Membership, but there is no upward limit!
This is for any and every Christian who wants to grow in Christlikeness. None of us have “arrived” there yet.
No matter how long you’ve been walking with the Lord for, or how you have served in ministry, there will be ways for you to grow inside the Growth Membership.
Throughout the years, Dr. Burling has served people from all ages, stages and ministerial backgrounds in his other Spiritual Growth programs (check out some of the testimonies above).