We are starting a four-week series on Spiritual Maturity. There are lots of ways of describing maturity. For this series, we will be looking at maturity as “having reached the advanced stages of a process”. Process is a key word. We shouldn’t get the idea that being spiritually mature means that we have “arrived” and have nothing more to learn. Until we reach Heaven we are to continue to mature. Maturity is much more about a journey than a destination.
I hope that you will join Pastor Jamie, Pastor Brandon, Pastor Dan, and me as we look at four marks critical for maturing as believers in Jesus. This week we are going to focus on the mature believer’s attitude and actions regarding the Word of God. We will see that it is not the outdated rulebook as is so often alleged.
John Maxwell makes an excellent point below regarding maturity and God’s Word:
A group of tourists visiting a picturesque village walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked him, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.”
Every person who is a born-again believer starts life as a baby in Christ. Whether the new convert is six or sixty, that person needs to grow in the Lord. A baby Christian who has been saved for forty years is a tragedy. God intends for us to grow and mature so that we can be a positive influence in the lives of others. Until we learn to dig into the meat of the Word for ourselves, we will never grow.
From “Developing the Leader Within You”
I invite you to dig into Matthew 5.17-20, our text for this week. Be sure to bring your copy of God’s Word with you this Sunday.