Summary: Spiritual growth and maturity is often accelerated under difficult circumstances. In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10), he describes what spiritual growth looks like in the midst of “severe suffering.”
1 Timothy: Doing Church God’s Way
North Coast Church
Message #4 July 29-30, 2006 Dr. Larry Osborne
The Marks of Maturity
A Leadership Checklist
Note: PowerPoints and Small Group Worksheets
for this sermon are available at www.northcoastchurch.com.
THE BIG PICTURE:
THE BIG PICTURE
Paul Tells Timothy… What this chapter is all about
How to pick your leaders.
The minimum requirements for spiritual leadership.
The telltale marks of spiritual maturity.
A QUICK FLY-BY: Review the entire passage! Highlight key points.
Spiritual Maturity In A Nutshell: No glaring weakness.
~ “Above Reproach:” The key trait! Followed by 14 examples!
~ “Progress Not Perfection Present Not Past
Titus 1:5-9 ~ Above reproach then a slightly different list.
Acts 6:3 ~ Deacons – Choose 7 men full of the Spirit and wisdom
Notice What’s Not In The List:
Incredibly gifted/ spiritually messed up!
I Cor 1:7 & 3:1-3
► Spiritual Power
Prophesied, Cast out Demons many Miracles! Depart, I never knew you Mt 7:21-23
► Theological Training
Now that you know these things, blessed if you DO them Jn 13:17
► Religious Disciplines
Do not handle, touch, taste ~ Of no value Col 2:20-23
Pharisee’s & Israel’s Zeal Rom 10:1-3
A BAD TRANSLATION, A BLIND SPOT & THREE SURPRISES:
The Bad Translation: “Husband of but one wife”
► Literally: A one woman man
► What’s The Difference?
It eliminates anyone single, divorced or remarried.
Including the Apostle Paul! I Cor 7:1-8 & 32-34
It contradicts the rest of Scripture.
Such were some of you I Cor 6:9-11
All things become new 2:Cor 5:17
It focuses on marital status, not moral purity.
Woman at the well - Jn 4
It makes the past more important than the present.
None of the other traits are ever applied to the past!
The Blind Spot: “Not quarrelsome”
►If I’m contentious for the right things, I’m still contentious!
“More than argumentative: Loves a fight – Christian Pit Bull
The Three Surprises:
A family under control.
Why This Is Important:
~ Priorities: Even if it’s not your fault, your family is your top priority!
~ Reputation: If a leader’s family is a mess, it casts a bad light on the church.
Titus 1:6-7 ~ Children must walk with God
Ezekiel 18 ~ Parents don’t bear guilt for the sins of their kids
Not a recent convert.
~ We can be instantly spiritual.
We cannot be instantly mature!
¡ It Takes Time:
¡ It Takes Trials:
~ Too much too fast leads to pride!
Too much too fast stunts growth.
Prov 8:13 God hates pride & arrogance