The last few weeks at Shelbyville First Baptist Church, Pastor Andy McDonald and I have been teaching our second-level foundational class called Maturity 201. The class includes some of the material written by Dr. Rick Warren as well as material I personally wrote for the class.
In Maturity 201 we discuss the important subject of spiritual maturity. Here is a brief excerpt from the class:
FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL MATURITY
Spiritual maturity IS NOT automatic. A Christian believer must be disciplined and work at achieving spiritual maturity. We can’t just sit back and “hope” it happens. We have to develop and practice the spiritual habits that lead us to spiritual maturity. For more information on this topic, read my other entries under the “discipleship” category.
“You have been Christians for a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead … you need someone to teach you … When a person is still living on milk, it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life … He’s still a baby Christian!” Hebrews 5:12-13 (LB)
Spiritual maturity is a journey. Ultimately, spiritual maturity will take a lifetime. It is a process–a lifelong journey of becoming more and more like Christ.
“Learn to be mature.” Proverbs 8:5 (GN)
“Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 (GN)
- Spiritual maturity takes discipline. Spiritual maturity is not complicated, but it is not easy. It takes discipline to be spiritually fit just like it takes discipline to be physically fit.
“Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.” 1 Timothy 4:7b (Ph)
“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7b (NASB)