The Basic Concepts of Spiritual Intimacy
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Summary: This series will assist you in developing and deepening your relationship with God.
Series: Spiritual Intimacy
Audience: General adults
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THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF SPIRITUAL INTIMACY
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 ¨C 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¡¯ ¨C 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 ¨C 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 ¨C 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.
¡ï Theme of 1 Peter is grace
¡ï 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 ¨C discipleship
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