Summary: For a church to be effective, there must be the ongoing maturation of believers.

Maturation of Believers

Acts 11:25-26; Selected Scriptures

I. Antioch (Acts 11:25-26)

A. After growth came discipleship

B. Discipleship is an ongoing process (1 year)

C. Believers were 1st called Christians after the

1 year of teaching

D. Antioch believers shared with those in

Jerusalem after 1 year of teaching

II. First Church in Acts (Acts 2)

A. Converts added to body (assimilation) Acts 2:41

B. Devoted to teaching (verse 42)

C. Devoted to Fellowship (verse 42,44-47)

D. Devoted to Worship (verse 42,47)

E. Devoted to Outreach (verse 47)

III. Stages of Maturation

A. Infancy – Formative Stage

1. Bonding

2. Imitation

3. Encouragement & Instruction

B. Early childhood – Developmental Stage

1. Basic personal skills

a. Bible study

b. Prayer

c. Faithfulness

C. Adolescence to Adulthood – Reproductive Ministry

1. Doctrinal Training (Heb. 6:1-2)

2. People skills

3. Service

4. Reproduction

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