Spiritual Growth: A Neglected Priority (1 of 15) by Rick Ferguson

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Spiritual Growth: A Neglected Priority (1 of 15)
Series: Growing Closer and Going Deeper With God
Rick E. Ferguson
Ephesians 4:11-16

Series Verse: 2 Peter 3:18 ''Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ''

Question:

1) How long have you been a Christian?

2) Does your spiritual maturity correspond to your chronological age in Christ? How would you assess your spiritual progress?

- Infancy
- Adolescent
- Young Adult
- Median Adult
- Mature Adult

3) How concerned are you...how passionate and driven are you...to move from where you are spiritually to the next level of spiritual maturity?

The older I get the more I see that spiritual growth is the ultimate priority in life. ..because our spiritual growth, or the lack of it, controls every other area of our lives. When we are growing spiritually in Christ every other area of our lives is growing as well.

Spiritual growth is foremost and central to all personal growth. ..it is the ultimate priority and yet it is without a doubt the most neglected priority. Churches are filled, quite honestly, with spiritual infants.

Ex: Several years ago, I was a young staff member at FBC Arnold, Mo. I made a visit into a home in our community that greatly impacted my life, leaving a lasting impression on me. This home had an 18-year- old daughter who was severely mentally handicapped. She had never matured mentally/emotionally beyond an 8-month-old child, even though her body continued to grow and develop. She lay on the floor on a blanket wearing a diaper, unable to communicate, unable to tend to herself, unable to walk, unable to feed herself. And her family loved her dearly, but they were totally consumed with caring for her.

- Someone had to be with her constantly.
- Someone had to spoon-feed her.
- Someone had to change her diaper.

I left that home very troubled. Then I began to think that home is typical of many churches that are filled with Christians ...


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