Summary: Using the idea of desire or crave milk to grow in Christ, then illustrating the idea with Demas and John Mark as one who did not grow and one who did grow in Christ and the results of that
The Apostle Peter talked about milk and its value to us in our spiritual growth. Please turn with me to I Peter 2:1, 2 READ.
I am so excited for Mitch, Taylor and Tyler this morning. You have the opportunity to begin your commitment to Christ today. You have your whole life ahead of you and the chance to do it right to the glory of God. In the passage we are going to study today I hope to challenge you to grow in your walk with Christ and that you will commit to follow Jesus all the days of your life.
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I. Desire Spiritual Milk (slide 2 point 2)
A. What it means to desire the Word of God --- (slide 2 point 3) In I Peter 2:2 we have the word “desire”. It is one of those fascinating words that can also be translated “crave, long for and thirst”. Peter is urging the disciples of Jesus that he is writing to – to want the Word of God in the same way a hungry, thirsty baby wants a bottle of milk.
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When you desire, crave and long for the Word of God, then you will grow in your faith and walk with God. Just as a baby grows, we must be growing in our faith and walk with God. Maybe these additional translations of this phrase will help you grasp how importantly it is to be growing in Christ: (slide 3 open verses as referred to)
• NEB – so that you may thrive upon it to your soul’s health.
I like the way this is worded to talk about it referring to soul’s health.
• NLT - you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment!
What does a baby do when he or she wants a bottle of milk? They cry and they continue crying until they get it. God doesn’t want you to be a cry baby, but He does want you to crave His Word.
• NCV- As newborn babies want milk, you should want the pure and simple teaching. By it you can mature in your salvation. We have emphasized we need to grow in our faith and walk with God and this verse calls it becoming mature.
We must do everything within our ability to grow and become mature in Christ. If that means changing friends who will serve Christ, then do it! If that means rearranging our time schedule to be more involved in Church, then do it! If that means getting involved in a ministry of the church, then do it! Growth doesn’t just happen, we have to plan and work for it.
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B. No longer desire
When you no longer desire, crave and long for the Word of God, you quit growing and remain a baby in Christ. In I Corinthians 3:1 Paul called a “babe in Christ” a carnal Christian. A carnal Christian lives in the flesh and doesn’t desire the things of God. They are saved and born again, but they no longer love God as they should. They become lax in their church attendance; they drop out of Sunday School and refuse to take on a ministry in the church. Other things have become more important to them.
(slide 4 point 2) Why does this happen? I have seen it happen too often in my life. Someone gets saved and they are on fire for Jesus and over time they lose that enthusiasm and fade away.