Towards Spiritual Maturity

Rev Halim, 12 Fev 2016
Reading: Heb 5:11-14, 6:1-2, 10-12
Opening Prayer
1. We need to grow spiritually
2. The power of salvation by grace and in Christ
3. Spiritual maturity requires discipline

Context of Hebrews – author.

1. We need to grow spiritually
Spiritual immaturity (11-14)
-They were dull in hearing, slow to learn. (v11)
-Heard a lot but never grow.
-They should know the basics well and be able to teach the basic truths to someone else. (v12-13)
-They can’t distinguish good from evil. (v14)

Spiritual maturity is a must.
EG you have been christian 25 yrs. Is it 25 yr experience, or 1 experience, 25 times?

Warren Wiersbe said,
‘Too many Christians are “betweeners”: They live between Egypt and Canaan, saved but never satisfied; or they live between Good Friday and Easter, believing in the cross but not entering into the power and glory of the resurrection.’

2. The power of salvation by grace and in Christ

What does salvation mean? (Dallas Willard)
– presence of a new power, the Holy Spirit, breaking us from the past thru repentance and forgiveness
– immediate and developing transformation of individual character and personality
– power over evil forces of this age and world, exercised by individual n church.

We need to grow spiritually so that we can be a channel for the Holy Spirit to work through us.

3. Spiritual maturity requires discipline.
-Growth must be intentional.
-Be diligent, not lazy (6:11-12)

Why do we need to be spiritually mature?
– So that we can love God and love others more perfectly
-Loving God and loving others is what God wants from us.

“Love is the language they speak in God’s world, and we are summoned to learn it against the day when God’s world and ours will be brought together forever. It is the music they make in God’s courts, and we are invited to learn it and practice it in advance. Love is not a duty, even our highest duty, it is our destiny.” – N.T. Wright, After You Believe, pg. 188

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