Lesson12: Spiritual Maturity
Bible Passage: Eph 4:11-14
After salvation, every believer is expected to begin the process of spiritual growth. Just like a baby grows from living on ordinary milk to some light solid meal and eventually to cracking real bones at adulthood, a Christian must grow from just taking the milk of the word to a spiritual bone-cracker. Spiritual maturity is achieved through becoming more like Jesus Christ.
1. The Process of Maturity
2. Signs of Spiritual Maturity
The process of Maturity
Spiritual maturity is an ongoing process that will never end in this life, Philippians 3:12-14. It requires a radical re-ordering of one’s priorities, changing over from pleasing self to pleasing God and learning to obey Him. The key to maturity is consistency; perseverance in doing those things we know will bring us closer to God. These practices are referred to as spiritual disciplines. They include things such as Bible reading and study, prayer, fellowship, service, stewardship and ultimately the enabling of the Holy Spirit within us – Galatians 5:16. As we submit more and more to the control of the Holy Spirit, we will also see an increase in the fruit of the Spirit in our lives – Galatians 5:22-23, 2Peter1:5-8
Its very crucial to note that spiritual growth is the basis for ministry. The gifts given to the church are to serve the purpose of maturing every believer in Christ – Ephesians 4:11-14
Signs of Spiritual Maturity
Mature believers possess some of these indicators: An appetite for ‘strong meat’ i.e love for deeper doctrines – Hebrews 5:12-14 Unyieldingness to personal offence, Phil. 1:15-18. A conscience informed by Scripture, not opinions – Romans 14:1-3. A sense of humility when used by God in ministry – 1Tim 3:6, 2Cor 4:7. A tendency to give credit for spiritual growth to God, not people – 1Cor3:4-7.
1Corinthians 14:20 “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men”. Ask for grace to grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.