Sermon:
"Speaking the truth in love let us grow up into all aspects of Christ." (Eph. 4:15)

THE PROBLEM OF BECOMING MATURE IN MANY ASPECTS

Cultural, personal, or circumstantial obstacles are bound to stand in the way of anyone who wants to become mature in Christ. Yet, without maturity we cannot become all that God wants us to be. Neither can we know all that the Lord wants us to understand.

Furthermore, we cannot do all that our heavenly Father wants us to accomplish without ascending the ladders of Biblical maturity. Once certain people attain a level of proficiency in areas like teaching, relationship building, or preaching they assume that they qualify for being a mature Christian. However, the Bible commands us to grow up into ALL aspects into Christ.

This holistic approach to maturity is a challenge for everyone who is serious about realizing their maximum potential. The following steps to maturity are filled with promised blessings and power. Every personís journey will be unique, but it will involve the following ten levels. Your experiences may differ according to your own background or set of assumptions. Yet, maturity in Christ is the pre-requisite to accomplishing the whole will of God and experiencing His maximum power!

TEN STEPS TO CHRISTIAN MATURITY

1. Exposure - When the truth of the scriptures is revealed to people through teaching, preaching, films, examples, good works, conversations, healing, answers to prayers, or any means of communication, people are able to see the benefits of a mature relationship with Christ. Difficulties often occur when one is unable to present the truth in a credible, relevant, or need meeting way. We need to be open to expose ourselves to all aspects of truth because all truth is Godís truth. A closed mind impedes our ability to see the entire will of God and the full depth, breadth, height and length of Godís love. Teach people the advantages of exposing themselves to all facets of truth.

2. Awareness - When people gain a conscious knowledge of the aspects involved with maturity in Christ they are able to express it in their own words. However, it often takes a crisis, a problem, or some kind of adversity to make people aware of their deepest spiritual needs. Maturity is often catalyzed when people become aware of their needs for growth through a felt, perceived or experiential need. Teach people the benefit of gaining a keen awareness of the many dimensions of truth.

3. Receptivity - When someone consents to receive something they are exhibiting an acceptance based upon its perceived worth. Belief presupposes an appreciation for the ideals of Jesus Christ and His word. Openness or receptivity to change assumes a willingness to improve in oneís relationships and ministries. Give people examples of others who benefited from change through a receptive attitude.

4. Involvement - People seek ministry involvement when they want to experience something first hand. Involvement implies