A verse in 2 Corinthians 3 talks about how God works to help us to grow spiritually. “All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit” (v. 18).
Commitment to Christian discipleship in the context of a small group is one way we can spend quality time with Jesus. When we do, we are changed.
These are some of the primary ways we can know God: 1) The revelation of His character through the Bible; 2) The incarnation of His love in the person of Jesus Christ; 3) The experience of His presence through prayer; 4) The power of His presence in the Holy Spirit; 5) The fellowship of His body – the church; 6) The mystery and the joy experienced through worship; and 7) Natural revelation, the witness of the creation to the Creator.
Meeting together with other Christians for prayer and Bible study places us close to God. The passage in 2 Corinthians suggests that spending time in the presence of God is a key element to spiritual transformation. What is spiritual growth if it is not being transformed into the image of the Lord?
-- Derek Maul in “Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men”