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The Marks of a Mature Believer
Series: Maturity Matters
Message Truth: Every believer is to grow up (mature) in Christ. Today we are going to examine three marks of maturity that will help us to see ourselves on the spiritual growth chart.
Hebr. 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Introduction: Every day millions of Americans turn to the section of the newspaper to look at the stock reports. They have a personal interest in how their investments are performing. In the business world, the bottom line is the standard of measurement for success.
If you are a sports fan and follow a favorite team or player, you can judge the success of your team/player by simply looking at the stats. It is a way that performance is measured and reported.
All of us who have students living at home are accustom to receiving report cards/grades that reflect how our student is doing in the academic realm.
But have you ever thought about how you measure success (maturity) in the spiritual realm? How do you know that someone really means business with God? How many people who enter into church doors this morning are really pursuing a walk with God? Who are the mature? Are you one of them? In the spiritual realm do you see yourself as an infant, adolescent, or mature adult?
A. Some people choose to use the same standards of measurement for success the church and the world. The bottom line, stats, nickels and noses, baptisms, budgets, and buildings. However, I believe that they are far less important than the emphasis that most of us place on them. I am always fully aware of them but certainly do not use them as standards of measurements for the effectiveness of ministry.
B. Even more difficult to access is the maturity of believers. Through the years my understanding has changed dramatically of what it means to be a mature believer in Chr ...
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