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The Basic Concepts of Spiritual Intimacy

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Sermon shared by Michael Catt

June 2003
Summary: This series will assist you in developing and deepening your relationship with God.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF SPIRITUAL INTIMACY
Selected Scriptures

If we are going to develop an intimate relationship with Christ - we need to define what it looks like.
※IT IS THE LIFE OF CHRIST, REPRODUCED IN THE BELIEVER, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH ABIDING IN THE WORD.§
Much of what is called Christianity is not 每 it*s a caricature of it - it*s a distorted image. So distorted we have to use adjectives to describe a Christian. &Spirit filled* &carnal* backslidden* &committed* 每 Why not just be Christians?
➜ THE ENEMY OF INTIMACY IS NOT OUTSIDE - IT*S INSIDE. It*s a heart issue.
➜ OUR GREATEST HINDRANCE TO REVIVAL IS NOT THE DEVIL - IT*S OUR EXCUSES.
Vance Havner ※How many times have I heard, upon arriving at a church, &This will be a poor week for revival. On Monday night the circus is coming to town; on Tuesday the Sons and Daughters of &I will Arise* are having a convention; on Thursday night the Garden Club will meet to discuss African violets; the ball game is Friday night. And there is always television.*
Was there ever a good week for a revival? Must the church always take a back seat in favor of every sideshow that blows into town? Must we take the leftovers? Why shouldn*t the other crowd do the worrying? Why shouldn*t the church of Jesus Christ - with the answer to all the world*s problems - make such an impact that the world, the flesh, and the devil would huddle in conversation, saying, &This will be a poor week for us 每 there*s a revival in town!*
I. INTIMACY IS A PROCESS.
Some people are looking for a magic formula - someone to wave a wand and make them instantly intimate with God.
Your Christian life BEGAN w/ an event - the moment of salvation - but it doesn*t end there. Distinguish between cause & effect. We are born again 每 but growing is a process.
2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
3 X in 2 Peter - he talks about diligence. Diligence & discipline both imply a process. He is writing to people he cares about. He wants the church - not only to grow, but the Xns to be healthy.
4 BELOVED STATEMENTS IN 2 PT. 3:
✔ "Beloved . . . be mindful" (3:1-2)
✔ "Beloved . . . be not ignorant" (3:8)
✔ "Beloved . . . be diligent" (3:14)
✔ "Beloved . . . beware" (3:17)
IF WE CARE ABOUT OUR WALK - WE*LL FOLLOW HIS EXHORTATIONS.
Getting in shape physically is a process - the same is true in the Christian life.
∴ Theme of 1 Peter is grace
∴ Theme of 2 Peter is knowledge.
Peter is not just talking about knowledge of the Bible - he is talking about knowing Christ who is revealed in the Bible.
It is possible to have Bible knowledge - know facts -- and never grow in grace - never show truth in our daily lives. It is knowing and doing.

One of the great errors of many evangelistic strategies is to &get &em saved* but fail to feed and disciple the new believer, so they grow in the Lord.
Apostates and false teachers target young believers according to 2 Peter 2:18. If we are committed to evangelism, we must be equally committed to follow up. Failure to do so results in people who have &made a decision* but not developed an intimate relationship. They*ve taken a step, but they don*t know how to walk.
LITERALLY IT READS, "But be constantly growing"
GROWTH IS NOT AN ELECTIVE 每 discipleship
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