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Summary: Everyone has to mature at some point in their life. It’s sad to say that while everyone matures physically, not everyone matures spiritually

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*James 1:2

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.

Introduction:

If you looked at my pictures when I was a little boy you would no doubt see a big difference between back then and now.

If you spoke to my mom or any of my siblings and ask them if I have changed from the person I used to be in my younger years, I certainly hope and pray that they can tell you that there has been a significant change, this is called maturity.

Everyone has to mature at some point in their life. It’s sad to say that while everyone matures physically not everyone matures spiritually

- Today we’ll look at Christian maturity.

1. Testing or Trials.

-If we want to mature in our faith than our faith has to be tested.

It’s like anything else; I can’t grow in my job as a pastor if I am not tested.

-Trials produce resistance.

-Trials produce endurance.

-Trials produce spiritual muscle.

-Trials produce patience (Romans 5:3)

God’s purpose for trials is to mature us in our faith so that we can be more like Jesus.

2. Faith.

Verse 3,” that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”.

-It’s talking in the context of ones Christianity.

-How does your Christianity measure up when trials come?

Let’s look at the great hall of faith,

Heb.11:3, "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because hea considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspringb will be reckoned.”c 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

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