Questions concerning Christian Maturity
INTRODUCTION: For the last four weeks I have attempted, as a compassionate and passionate Pastor, to challenge this family (flock) to a life of Christian maturity. The Apostle Paul shares his heart's desire for the believers in Gal. 4:14-20.
"And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you."
THIS PASTOR'S DESIRE FOR HIS PEOPLE
1. Worship God
2. Love Others
4. Invite Others
Why? Our intentional means of helping you mature. I wish to see you mature and stabilize.
Paul had this same desire in each of his children.
Colossians 1:28-29, "Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily."
"perfect" (Teleios) signifies having reached its end, finished, complete, perfect. This word speaks primarily of physical development, then, with ethical import, fully grown, mature; fully grown. Same word Jesus used in John 19:30, "It is finished."
As Paul challenges these readers, that he had earlier led to the Lord, he calls for an allegiance to the gospel that placed them in the family.
I. A QUESTION FOCUSED ON GOD THE SON. 1
A. PROVOKING QUESTI ...
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