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Title: Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity


1
Growing TowardSpiritual Maturity
2
Ways We Learn and Grow
3
Principles of Spiritual Growth
  • God is ultimately responsible for all spiritual
    growth
  • Effort, diligence, and discipline are absolutely
    necessary for growth
  • Spiritual growth potential may not be easy to see
    at first
  • Spiritual growth depends on an intimate
    relationship with Christ

4
Principles of Spiritual Growth
  • Growth is primarily an inside-out process
  • Spiritual growth relates to every aspect of our
    lives
  • Growth happens most naturally within a close
    social context
  • Significant growth often occurs within the
    context of frustration, suffering, or challenge

5
  • His divine power has given us everything we
    need for life and godliness through our knowledge
    of him, who called us by his own glory and
    goodness.
  • 2 Peter 13

6
  • Only he who believes is obedient, and only he
    who is obedient believes.
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

7
  • If you hold to my teaching, you are really my
    disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the
    truth will set you free.
  • John 831,32

8
Ways the Term Disciple Is Used In Scripture
  • Followers of a leader
  • Various types of followers of Jesus
  • The Apostles or the Twelve
  • Superficial, shallow, or simply curious followers
  • Known traitors with false motives
  • Sincere followers who made serious blunders
  • Jesus exclusive use of the term my disciple
  • The term disciple changes to Christian

9
The Process of Becoming a Disciple of Jesus
  • Pre-natal Care
  • New Birth
  • Becoming More Like Christ
  • Becoming a Perfect Reflection of Christ

10
The Holy Spirits Role in Making Disciples
Through the Church
  • His Power
  • Acts 242-47 Eph. 115-23
  • His Presence
  • John 14 16-20 Matt. 2820
  • His Gifts
  • Eph. 47-16

11
Key Verse Matthew 2818-20
  • Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority
    in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
    the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
    to obey everything I have commanded you. And
    surely I am with you always, to the very end of
    the age.

12
Building a Discipling Community
  • Edify
  • Confess Faults
  • Forbear
  • Empathize
  • Submit
  • Accept
  • Forgive
  • Admonish

13
  • All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for
    teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in
    righteousness, so that the man of God may be
    thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  • 2 Timothy 316,17

14
  • In order to feast at the Kings table, we must
    follow His rules of etiquette.

15
The Authority of Gods Word
  • Inspiration
  • Infallibility
  • Inerrancy

16
Three Bible Study Steps
  • Observation
  • Interpretation
  • Application

17
Principles of Hermeneutics
  • Main Idea
  • Literary Style
  • Content Flow
  • Key Words
  • Grammar
  • Historical Background
  • Integration with Other Passages

18
Responding to Gods Word
  • Thinking
  • Being
  • Doing

19
Biblical Bifocals
1 Corinthians 8, 1 Corinthians 3, 2
Thessalonians 36ff
Meaning for Original Audience Meaning for Original Audience
Todays Meaning Todays Meaning
20
Elijah Prays For Rain
  • The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and
    effective.
  • James 516

21
Prayer is the Pipeline to Power
22
A Balanced Prayer Life
23
Ways to Develop Your Prayer Life
24
  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a
    great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
    everything that hinders and the sin that so
    easily entangles us, and let us run with
    perseverance the race marked out for us.
  • Hebrews 121

25
  • While God can use anything and anybody for His
    purposes, He has chosen the pure of heart to reap
    harvests of gold.

26
Cultivate a Heart for God
  • Open Up to God
  • Confess all Known Sin
  • Desire the Fullness of the Holy Spirit

27
Overcome Temptation
  • Admit Weaknesses
  • Use Gods Resources
  • Guard Your Thought Life

28
Establish Patterns of Holy Living
  • Maintain Biblical Standards
  • Discipline All Areas of Your Life
  • Be Accountable to Godly Christians

29
Spiritual Fruit Tree
  • Roots in the soil of Christs love
  • Character
  • Love
  • Productivity

30
Jesus Infiltration Strategy
Heart Family Church
Neighborhood
Community/Work/Play
City
Country
World
31
  • The purpose of this lesson is that students will
    understand and commit themselves to their
    responsibility to infiltrate the world with the
    love of Christ and the message of the Gospel.

32
  • Big Idea People in todays culture not only
    need to hear the Good News, they need to taste it
    and experience that it is good.

33
  • Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit
    is given for the common good.
  • 1 Corinthians 127

34
  • It is much more fun to unwrap a gift

than to worship it under a tree.
35
How to Discover Your Spiritual Gift
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Evaluate your spiritual passion
  • Get feedback from Christian friends
  • Use the process of trial and error

36
The Great Commission
  • and teaching them to obey everything I have
    commanded you..
  • Matthew 2818-20

37
  • Our lesson is never taught

until our students walk their talk.
38
Types of Teaching
  • Modeling
  • Formal

39
Types of Teaching
  • Informal
  • Non-formal

40
Principles of Effective Teaching
  • Knowing God
  • Knowing Gods Word
  • Knowing How People Learn

41
Principles of Effective Teaching
  • Applying Truth to the Whole Person
  • Helping People to OBEY the Word
  • Balancing Support and Challenge

42
Key Verse Matthew 2026-28
  • Whoever wants to become great among you must be
    your servant, and whoever wants to be first must
    be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not
    come to be served, but to serve, and to give his
    life a ransom for many.

43
  • Great leaders inspire others to go beyond
    themselves

44
Principles Of Christian Leadership
  • Integrity in Character
  • A Servants Attitude
  • An Equipping Vision

45
Leadership Skills
  • Vision Building
  • Empathetic Listening
  • Empowering Others
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Resolution

46
  • Mentoring is a relational process between an
    older, more mature, more knowledgeable or more
    skilled person and another person who learns in
    some intentional way.

47
  • And the things you have heard me say in the
    presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable
    men who will also be qualified to teach others.
  • 2 Timothy 22

48
  • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens
    another.
  • Proverbs 2717

49
Various Forms of Mentoring
  • Intensive
  • Discipler
  • Spiritual Guide
  • Coach

50
Various Forms of Mentoring
  • Occasional
  • Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Sponsor

51
Various Forms of Mentoring
  • Passive
  • Model
  • - Contemporary
  • - Historical

52
Opportunities for Spiritual Growth Development
  • Formal
  • Nonformal

53
Whole-Person Goals
  • Head
  • Heart
  • Hands

54
Running for the Prize
55
  • I press on toward the goal to win the prize for
    which God has called me heavenward in Christ
    Jesus.
  • Philippians 314

56
  • Mature saints keep pressing on, no matter what.
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