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Fairview Baptist Church

Growing up-young adulthood & maturity

Series: Growing up in God’s Family

Message: Growing up-young adulthood & maturity

Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16

Introduction: Today we close out this series of messages with a focus on the final stages of growth which brings a follower of Jesus to maturity.

Question 1 – What is God’s expectation for us in regard to our growing up spiritually?

  • Clearly God’s expectation is that we would all grow to the level of maturity. His desire is that we never stop growing in our relationship with Him.

 

  • His design in gifting His children is specifically planned to help each member of His Body reach full spiritual potential (Ephesians 4:11-16)

 

  • Hebrews 6: 1-3 – The writer urged these followers to press on to maturity. They were to move beyond the basic knowledge of the faith. This goal of maturity was a result of their choice to press on (vs.1) and God’s causing the growth (vs. 3)
  • 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 – Paul tells this church that they are stuck in childhood and need to grow up.

 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:11 – following his description of the God like love we are to have for one another Paul declares that to grow up we must put aside childish things. Last week we considered childish things like willful defiance, superficial commitments, making idols of people or ways of worshipping and serving, and being easily swayed away from truth.

 

 

 

Question 2 – What are the characteristics of a spiritual young adult?

  • Strengths of spiritual young adults
    • Willingness to risk sacrifice to follow God’s will
    • Example: Isaac
    • Sensitivity to God-His conviction, voice, and will
    • Commitment to integrity
    • Determined to stand for Christ-to make a difference
    • Example: Daniel

 

 

  • Weaknesses of spiritual young adults

 

  • Can be unstable when under great pressure
  • Example: John Mark –Acts 12:25,13:13
  • Can act irresponsibly when world is appealing
  • Example Demas –Col. 4:14, 2 Tim. 4:10
  • Can become unteachable and filled with pride
  • Example: Diotrephes-3 John 9-10

 

  • Why do we resist growing up to maturity?

 

  • We resists change
  • We always want Jesus as our Savior but sometimes we do not want Him as our Master
  • We get satisfied with a mediocre relationship and no longer hunger for God or pursue our full potential in Christ.
  • We neglect the Word of God and drift away from the truth or resist the truth we do know
  • We forget that the entire journey is by faith and get worn out serving in our own strength

Question 3 – What are the characteristics of the spiritually mature follower of Jesus?

  • Maturity is seen in consistency. The mature is consistently growing in faith, fruit, and faithfulness.

 

  • Consistent faith-the person walks with God in trust and enjoys fellowship with God consistently

 

  • Consistent fruitfulness – The person shares Jesus with others routinely and in relationships. The mature is making disciples consistently.

 

  • Consistent faithfulness- the mature consistently walk in joyful obedience and in the power of the Spirit

 

  • Maturity in practice
    • Lives with sensitivity to God’s convictions & burdens. Loves what God loves. Hates what God hates. Broken over what breaks God’s heart.
    • Continual renewing of the Mind by the word of God. Practices guard the mind to protect the thought life. Meditates upon the Word.
  • Maturity in practice (continued)

 

  • Maintains a Christ like attitude of humility and service.
  • Available, willing and able to help other grow up in the faith
  • A lifestyle of making decisions and choosing direction through the filter of God’s Word and the leading of the Spirit
  • Consistently keeps control by the Spirit of the tongue. James 3:2
  • Consistently keeps control of his or her body and fleshly desires. 2 Corinthians 9:24-27

Closing thoughts

Being mature is not being perfect. Not being perfect is no reason to stop seeking to grow to maturity.

Where are you on the journey of faith?

  • Needing to be born again
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Young adult
  • Mature

Consider asking the believers who know you best to evaluate where you are to help you see any blind spots. Ask them why. This can be a good indicator for you to know where you are on this journey.

What is God showing you about your growth? What steps is He showing you that you need to follow to grow to the next level?

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