Published on February 6, 2014
MAKING CHRISTLIKE DISCIPLES3 CHRISTIAN MATURITY
DEFINITION OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY • Christian Maturity is Stable Christlikeness- in Character, Doctrine, Ministry Fruitfulness and Passion for God. • Christ in you, the hope of glory, Col. 1:27 • Not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, Eph. 4:14; • Presenting every man perfect in Christ, Col. 1:28; • To the fulness of the stature of Christ, Eph.4:13 • Be imitators of me as I am of Christ, 1 Cor. 11:1 • When we see Jesus, we shall be like him, 1 Jn.3:2
IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY • • • • • • • • FULFILLING GOD’S CALL UPON YOUR LIFE FRUITFULNESS IS FOR THE MATURE AND ADULT DOCTRINAL STABILITY MEANS SOLID FOOD CHARACTER WORTH IMITATING FULL INHERITANCE AS GOD’S HEIR HELPING/MINISTRY TO OTHERS FIT FOR LEADERSHIP AT HOME AND ABROAD FULLNESS OF STATURE OF CHRIST
CONTENTS 1. DOCTRINAL MATURITY-MAJOR BIBLE DOCTRINES 2. MATURITY IN CHRISTLIKE CHARACTER 3. FAMILY LIFE & LEADERSHIP ISSUES 4. MATURITY IN MINISTRY FRUITFULNESS 5. FULFILLING GOD’S CALL UPON YOUR LIFE 6. MATURITY IN DOING GOD’S WILL & INTIMACY WITH GOD 7. PERFECTION IN CHRISTLIKENESS
Doctrinal Maturity makes for stability in the faith
DOCTRINAL MATURITY: MAJOR BIBLE DOCTRINES, CULTS, APOLOGETICS • • • • • • • • • • Bibliology-doctrine Of Bible Theology-doctrine Of God Christology-doctrine Of Christ Pneumatology-doctrine Of Holy Spirit Anthropology-doctrine Of Man Hamartiology-doctrine Of Sin Soteriology-doctrine Of Salvation Ecclesiology-doctrine Of Church Angelology-doctrine Of Angels, Demons, Satan Eschatology-doctrine Of Last Things
Character is what you are when no one is looking
MATURITY IN CHRISTLIKE CHARACTER • • • • • • • • • • PURITY HOLINESS HUMILITY OBEDIENCE UNTO DEATH MEEKNESS GUILELESSNESS FAITHFULNESS AS SON LOVE BOLDNESS/COURAGE LONGSUFFERING • • • • • • • • • RIGHTEOUSNESS ZEAL FOR GOD PATIENT ENDURANCE COMPASSION WISDOM FAVOR WITH GOD FAVOR WITH MEN PRAYERFUL TEMPTED IN EVERY WAY WITHOUT SIN
Fruitbearing is for the Mature
MINISTRY FRUITFULNESS USE OF CHARISMATIC, MINISTRY, OPERATIONAL GIFTS • EVIDENCE OF STABLE FRUITFULNESS, Jn. 15:6 • MINISTRY DISTINCTIVES OF JESUS’ MINISTRY: – Preaching, Teaching, Healing, Matt. 4:23-25; 9:35 – Disciplemaking, Lk. 6:12,13; Mk. 3:13-15 – Spiritual Warfare, Acts 10:38; 1 Jn.3:8 • MINISTRY DISTINCTIVES OF THE APOSTLES
Spiritual Leadership Begins At Home
FAMILY LIFE & LEADERSHIP AT HOME AND ABROAD • Christian Leadership: Definition and Importance • Leadership in Family Life, Church, Workplace, • Darksides, Dangers and Pitfalls in Christian Leadership; • Tough Tasks in Leadership-Confrontation, Conflict, Complexity, Cultural Diversity
Will You Finish Well?
FULFILLING GOD’S CALL UPON YOUR LIFE • Finishing Well, Jn. 17:4; 2 Tim. 4:7,8; • Mentoring and Being Mentored • Reproducing Generations, 2 Tim. 2:2
INTIMACY WITH GOD • • • • • The Perfect Will of God Doing Only What Pleases God First Love The Home of Father Son and Holy Spirit Intimacy with God
Be perfect even as your Heavenly Father is Perfect
PERFECTION IN CHRISTLIKENESS • • • • • Filled With The Holy Spirit Filled With The Fulness of the Stature of Christ Filled With All the Fullness of God, Eph. 3:19 Perfect in Christ is what God expects, Matt. 5:48 Leaving a Legacy of Christlike Example in Life, Ministry • There is a perfection which can only be attained when Christ appears, 1 Jn. 3:2
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