Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, October 22, 2017
Sermon Series – MISSION POSSIBLE #6
“How Our Church Becomes Spiritually Mature”
According to Eph. 4:11-13, God gave the church her spiritual leaders for the sole purpose of promoting spiritual growth within the body of Christ. The reason why growth is needed is obvious. The Bible is clear when it tells us that every Christian is a baby when they are saved. This process is called “The New Birth“, (John 3:3, 7; 1 Pet. 1:23).
God wants us to move from the spiritual nursery to the spiritual battlefield. He wants us to leave the realm of milk, bibs and diapers and to enter the realm of meat, battles and devotion (v. 13; 1 Cor. 3:1-3; 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 2:12-14).
God’s plan for every one of us is to see us reach spiritual maturity! He just wants us to grow up! A few do, some never will and others reach for that goal daily. If we as a local church are interested in growing, then notice with me from the text what it takes for us to become a spiritually mature church: steadfast in our growth, separated in our lifestyle, and Christ-like in our character.
I. Our Church Becomes Spiritually Mature When We Become Steadfast In Our Growth: Eph. 4:11-16
A. We are to be steadfast in our DOCTRINE (v.14)
B. We are to be steadfast in
C. Our MATURITY (v.16)
D. We are to be steadfast in our DEVOTION (v.16)
II. Our Church Becomes Spiritually Mature When We Become Separated In Our Lifestyle: Eph. 4:17-24
A. We are to separate from the WORKS OF DARKNESS (vv.17-19)
B. We are to separate from the WALK OF DARKNESS (vv.20-24)
III. Our Church Becomes Spiritually Mature When We Become Christ-like In Our Character: Eph. 4:25-32
A. We are to be Christ-like in our ACTIONS (v.28)
B. We are to be Christ-like in our RESPONSES (vv.26-27, 31-32)
C. We are to be Christ-like in our INTERACTIONS (vv.25, 29-30)
Everyone in this room who is saved ought to be moving steadily toward maturity in the Lord with each passing day. Are you maturing? Do you possess the marks of a maturing Christian?