Summary: There are milestones of growth which occur in the life of every child. These markers of advancement are mirrored in the lives of Christians as they making progress. Are you progressing?
7 MEASURES OF MATURITY
A. HUMOR: 10 Things You’ll Never Hear in Church:
10) So many people want to share their testimony at church that you have to assign numbers to them;
9) When the pastor closes the sermon, the chant of “We want more! We want more!” erupts.
8) The ushers have to empty the collection plates halfway through the offering because they are too full.
7) The congregation refuses to stop singing during worship.
6) Members begin buying new Bibles because they wore out their older ones.
5) There’s an influx of people asking, “Is there something I can do?”
4) The Sunday School Director has a nervous breakdown because so many people want to teach.
3) People offer their seats to newcomers
2) New carpet has to be installed around the altars because the people have worn it out.
1) The congregation douses the pastor with a cooler of water at the end of the service.
“Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand…” 2 Cor. 10:15.
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ” Eph. 4:15.
“…So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” Col. 1:10.
“We…thank God for you…because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing” 2 Thess. 1:3.
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” 1 Pet. 2:2.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Pet. 3:18.
1. One of the greatest jobs that parents have is to help their kids grow up into intelligent, Christ-loving, law-abiding and successful adults who make a positive contribution to other people's lives.
2. To this end, as parents raising kids, we observe key stages in their growth -- milestones -- and secretly celebrate. When we see these key achievements, we are encouraged that maybe we’re doing something right!
3. It's similar in the spiritual realm. As the Scriptures point out, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GROWING! If we are not growing, there is something drastically wrong, as there would be with any of us whose children stopped growing before maturation.
4. There are milestones of growth that each of us need to achieve. These are markers of advancement that encourage us that we are making progress.
5. Today I'm going to touch on “Seven Measures of Maturity" that each of us need to strive for and grow in during our Christian lives.
I. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
A. LEARNING FAMILY IDENTITY
1. It's sweet to have a newborn baby. They’re so cute, but can't do very much.
2. It's a big deal the day they learned to say "Momma" or "Dada." This is the sign that they have identified who their parent is.
3. Next they learn to say their own name. So there is established a family identity. The child knows who they are and who their parents are. God wants us to learn this too!