Maturing: Discipleship (5 of 5) by David Cawston

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Maturing: Discipleship (5 of 5)
Series: Five Purposes
David Cawston
Matthew 28:19-20


Introduction:
This series is built on two of the most important scriptures of the Bible. They are:

The Great Commandment:
Matt 22:37-39 ''Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'' (NIV)

The Great Commission:
Matt 28:19-20 ''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.'' (NIV)

There are 5 purposes defined for each of us in these two selections of verses that make up the totality of God's purposes in our lives individually and for the church collectively.

These five purposes are the foundation of this series of messages.

1. ''Worship''
''Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind''

2. ''Ministry''
''Love your neighbor as yourself''

3. Evangelism''
''Go make disciples''

4. ''Fellowship
''Baptizing them''

5. ''Maturing''
''Teaching them to obey''

Today I want to look at the subject of: ''Maturing-Discipleship''
Maturity is a life long process! From the time we are born we are going through all stages of maturity.

Physical - Mental - Emotional - Relational -Spiritual

We never want to see someone stagnated at any phase. It happens and we have names for it!

Physical-Handicapped
Mental-Retarded
Emotional-Retarded
Relational-Dysfunctional

The cycle of life leads us from

- Dependence to independence
- Independence to interdependence
- Interdependence back to dependence.

In each of those stages we are maturing and growing in all of the aspects of personal maturity.

Physical - Mental - Emotional - Relational -Spiritual

If our personal life is always maturing then it would be natural to assume that God ...


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