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 BIBLE STUDY – 10/20/2020
What does it take to grow up and become spiritually mature?
Why do some Christians not grow as they should?
God's word presents steps we can take toward growth and spiritual maturity by Bible study, patience, and diligent practice of good works.
People understand the concept of growth in the physical development of humans, and we know why it is important.
Babies are immature physically and mentally, but we expect them to develop. If they don't, there is a problem.
My best buddy in high school did not grow and might have been nearly a midget. But in his senior year, doctors gave him shots to make him grow.
Spiritual growth is a similar concept but is far more important.
Growth is a development or improvement toward a goal called "maturity" (or, in the Bible, "perfection"). When one is "born again" as a child of God, he is spiritually immature. As time passes, he should develop the qualities or abilities which the Bible says characterizes the mature. A congregation matures as individual members mature.
Many Scriptures describe the need to grow and mature spiritually:
  •  Ephesians 4:14 -15 – “Be no longer children but grow up in Christ”.
  • 2 Peter 3:18 – “… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3 – “The Thessalonians grew exceedingly in faith."
  • Philippians 1:9 – “Paul prayed for their love to abound more and more."
Many problems result when members fail to grow: some go back to the world, others cause strife because of ignorance or become stumbling blocks because of irregular attendance, worldliness, or indifference.
The purpose of this lesson is to study the steps each Christian should take to grow spiritually.