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“GROWING TOWARDS MATURITY”

04 Jan

OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH  HAPPENS WHEN WE DO CERTAIN THINGS; “MAKE EVERY EFFORT”

Intro.

1.  Spiritual maturity is desired by all conscientious Christians, Matt. 5:48; Phil. 3:12; Eph. 4:13.
2.  “Spiritual maturity” has taken on some unscriptural definitions:
a.  “Open-mindedness” (i.e., tolerance/ compromise), 1 Tim. 6:20-21.
b.  Always questioning but never being definite, 2 Tim. 3:7.
c.  Free-thinking (atheists / agnostics), Rom. 1:21-22.
d.  Emotionalism (regardless of revealed truth), Jer. 10:23.
e.  Bible knowledge (worthless without obedient faith), 2 Pet. 3:18.
3.  teleios: “brought to its end, finished; wanting nothing necessary to completeness; perfect; that which is perfect; consummate human integrity and virtue; of men — full grown, adult, of full age, mature”  (Online Bible, #5046).
4.  The preaching of the gospel is intended to perfect us in Christ, Col. 1:28. How do we reach and secure our own spiritual maturity?

I.  BY PUTTING AWAY CARNAL THINGS.
A. Put Away Sin, 1 Cor. 3:1-3 (Col. 3:5-9).
1.  Immaturity / undeveloped spirituality (3:1) will soon give way to anti-spiritual conduct (3:3). Flesh controls rather than the spirit.
2.  This causes contentions, strife and sin in our lives (cf. 1:11).
3.  With these present we are not maturing; not spiritual mature.

II. BY CULTIVATING YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF TRUTH, 1 Cor. 14:20; Eph. 5:17; Jno. 8:31-32.
A.  Word of Christ must be in Our Heart, Col. 3:16; Jas. 1:21.
1.  The instrument of our obedience, Jas. 1:22-25 (3:2).
2. Able to answer others, 1 Pet. 3:15.
B. The Mature Wisely Use their Understanding, Jas. 3:13-18.

III. BY BEING MORE AND MORE LIKE CHRIST, Eph. 4:13, 15.
A. The Maturing Christian Measures Himself by Christ.
1. By the stature of His character and conduct, 1 Jno. 2:5-6 (1 Pet. 2:21).
a.  Is faith in Christ present? Jno. 8:24
b.  Does the humble mind of Christ define you? Phil. 2:5
B. Christ must be Formed in You, Gal. 4.19 (2:20).

IV. BY PROGRESSING BEYOND FIRST PRINCIPLES, Heb 5:12- 6:1 (press beyond first principles to fully develop, 6:1-3).
A.  In Your Understanding and Use of God’s Word, 5:11, 13.
-The mature devote themselves to comprehending and using truth.
B.  In Your Willingness and Ability to Teach the Truth, 5:12.
-The mature devote themselves to teaching what they have learned.
C.  In Your Ability to Discern Right and Wrong, Truth and Error, 5:14; Phil. 1:9-11 (Lk. 12:57; Jno. 7:24).
-The mature are able and willing to discern (judge, separate) sin and error from righteousness and truth.

V.  BY OVERCOMING TEMPTATION, 1 Jno. 2:14 (1 Pet. 5:8-9).
A.  The Word of God Abides in the Strong, Psa. 119:11.
-This is not merely quoting scripture — It is walking in the truth.
B.  By Diligently Increasing in every Fruit of Righteousness, 2 Pet. 1:5-11.

-You can do it! (cf. 1 Cor. 10:12-13)

Conclusion
1.  You have a mandate to mature (2 Pet. 3:18).

2.  How are you doing?

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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to ““GROWING TOWARDS MATURITY”

  1. Eugene Adkins

    January 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Great post Michael.

     

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