Today’s church is MESSED UP y’all…but it’s still worth fighting for!
Our indifference…will never make a difference!
There were 3 groups of people in the church at Corinth: a) Spiritual mature Christians b) Unsaved men/women c) CARNAL/WORLDLY Christians
The “carnal / worldly Christians need to GROW UP!!!
3 Truths About Our Spiritual Maturity:
1. We all start at the SAME place!
“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
We all start off as an infant in Christ…but we must grow up!
“people who are still worldly” Worldly- weak, young, unlearned, immature.
Questions we need to ask ourselves: Where am I at spiritually? Am I getting older BUT not growing up?
2. We all struggle with a SIMILAR problem!
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:2-6
“Indeed you are still not READY”
The “ready” comes from the Greek word “dunamai” which is where we also get the word Dynamite. It literally means the power to ACT or POWER TO ACCOMPLISH a desired result.
As we grow spiritually…our ACTIONS will define who we are, and more importantly, who HE is!
The devil doesn’t mind Jesus being “A” priority…he just doesn’t want Jesus to be “THE” priority of our lives!
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” ~ Revelation 3:15-16
3. We should all STRIVE for progress…not perfection!
“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:7-8
“…but ONLY GOD, who makes things GROW.”
Grow-To consistently increase in size.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6
GOD WILL NEVER GROW YOU…WITHOUT YOU!
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” ~ Ephesians 4:14-15
2 Ways To GROW UP And Make Progress In Our Spiritual Maturity:
1. Get Into The WORD: Hear it! Read it! Study it! Memorize it! Meditate on it! APPLY IT!
““Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” ~ Acts 20:32
2. Do Life TOGETHER In Community: We cannot GROW ourselves by ourselves! We BECOME like Jesus TOGETHER!
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” ~ Romans 1:11-12
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