Summary: #2 in "Let Us" Series
"LET US MATURE"
TEXT: Heb. 5:7-6:3
INTRO: There has been a dramatic shift in our society over the past generation.
We have gone from a sense of duty and responsibility to a demand for services
and entertainment. The society around us has put great emphasis on "how do
you feel?" as being more important that "what should we do?" Our society has
turned inward rather than outward, a reflection of self absorption and
It is tragic, but the Church can reflect society all too much. Probably the
weakness of Churches today is that they fail to challenge those Christians in
the congregation to move on to maturity. If we are not careful we will strive
to make people HAPPY rather than make them HOLY, that we will make them
FEEL GOOD rather than make them FAITHFUL and GODLY. We must be
careful not to encourage just EXCITEMENT and avoid EDUCATION spiritually.
ILLUS: The story is told about an old American Indian who attended a church service one Sunday morning. The preacher’s message lacked real spiritual food, so he did a lot of shouting and pulpit pounding to cover up his lack of preparation. In fact, as it is sometimes said, he "preached up quite a storm." After the service, someone asked the Indian, who was a Christian, what he thought of the minister’s message. Thinking for a moment, he summed up his opinion in six words: "High wind. Big thunder. No rain." Yes, when the Scriptures are neglected, there is "no rain." Only when preaching is based on God’s Word ard His people are challenged to respond and be responsible to that Word are they blessed and refreshed.
Excitement, feeling good, even entertainment can certainly be a part of our
experience as a Christian, but it must not be a substitute for spiritual maturity.
While there is an appropriate time to be immature as a Christian, we must not
stay in such a state. If we had our Children never physically mature after
several years after their birth we would take them to a doctor to see what is
wrong, if our children never matured emotionally we would take them to a
counselor, why is it we will ignore the lack of spiritual maturity in our lives?
PROP. SENT: The Bible clearly teaches us that Christ wants us to move toward a
mature walk with God, it is not enough to just get saved and wait for the rapture
of the Church, growth should be a normal part of our walk with God.
I. THE MATURE WALK 5:7-10
A. Servanthood 5:7
1. Christ is the perfect example of maturity, but it is interesting to read here
that even He "learned obedience"....growth came through being stretched!
a. The obvious statements here have to do with "serving"
b. Maturity is a process of taking the focus off ourselves and putting it on
2. How do we mature?
a. Jesus was a student of the Scriptures
b. Jesus was not ruled by emotions, He did not avoid them either!
c. Jesus’ focus was not His own needs, but those of others
d. Jesus’ motivation was not from how He would benefit, it was motivated
by His love for others and His duty to His heavenly Father.
ILLUS: A hospital visitor saw a nurse tending to the sores of a leprosy patient, and said, "I’d never do that for a million dollars!" The nurse answered, "Neither would I., but I do it for Jesus for nothing."
3. The writer here first gives us a picture of Jesus so that when he makes the
statement that they needed to move on to maturity they would know what
a. Jesus sets for us the emphasis for growing spiritually
b. His focus is outward, what He can do to minister....servants in the Kingdom of God are those who are growing.
c. Those who never serve rarely grow spiritually!
4. Jesus’ focus on His disciples was similar, while He did teach them, He also
washed their feet and served and called them to do the same.
a. teaching without connected responsibilities leads to intellectual arrogance.
b. Even our school systems are becoming aware of this principle, many of
them have included community service as a requirement for graduation.
c. there must be a connection between what we know and what we do!
(1. too many times some of the most difficult Christians to deal with are those who like to argue Scripture but don’t have their own life together!
(2. The Pharisees were great theologians and had command of large portions of Scripture, but Jesus said they made their disciples
"twice the son of Hell" as they were (Matt. 23:15) Their prayers and
their service was done to be seen of men, not out of service to God!