This class is Maturity 201. This class is open to members only because these classes build on each other, especially some of the things we said in encounter 101. We strongly believe you can't be all that God wants you to be without making some basic commitments.
What is the purpose of this class? Ephesians 4:14-15 "We are not meant to remain as children but to grow up in every way into Christ." Once you're born into God's family, God wants you to grow up. Just as we need to grow physically once we are born to this world, we need to grow spiritually when we are born again as a child of God.
WHAT'S THE FOCUS OF THE CLASS? We're going to focus on four basic habits that every Christian needs to develop in order to grow to spiritual maturity. This class will equip you with the skills you need to begin these habits and will explain the tools you will need to continue these habits.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL MATURITY?
Ephesians 4:13 says "In the unity of common faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, we arrive at real maturity, the measure of development which is meant by the fullness of Christ." This verse says that you can define spiritual maturity in one phrase. That phrase is this: Spiritual maturity is being like Christ. It says real maturity is the measure of development which is meant by the phrase "the fullness of Christ."
Here are some facts about SPIRITUAL MATURITY.
1. IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC
2. IT IS A PROCESS
3. IT TAKES DISCIPLINE
And here are some of the basic biblical truths we believe for spiritual maturity.
1. The Bible teaches that mature believers are called disciples. That's the term that the Bible uses for a mature believer - a disciple. "Mature" does not mean "fully grown". It means growing (in Christ).
2. The Bible teaches that I cannot be a disciple without being disciplined. In fact the two words go together - disciple and discipline.
3. The Bible also teaches that the more disciplined I become the more God can use me.
4. The mark of a disciple is cross bearing. Luke 14:27, Jesus said, "Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." God wants us to bear our cross. We're going to explain what that is.
5. How often am I to do this? The Bible says daily. Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me."
6. What is involved in cross bearing? Stated up front: Whatever it takes to give Christ first place in my life.
To be be a mature follower of Christ, we focus four spiritual habits in this class. They are:
1. TIME WITH GOD'S WORD
3. REGULAR GIVING (TITHING)
If you are interested in being a mature follower of Christ, we encourage you to take this class and keep growing into the image of Christ by clicking the button below. We'd love to see you in this class.