Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (Galatians 2:20)
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” 1 Cor. 3:6 (NIV)
FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL MATURITY.
IT'S NOT AUTOMATIC.
"You have been Christians for a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you need someone to teach you. When a person is still living on milk, it shows he isn't very far along in the Christian life. He's still a baby Christian." Hebrews 5:12-13
IT IS A PROCESS.
"Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our savior, Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18
IT TAKES DISCIPLINE.
"Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit." 1 Timothy 4:7
"Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness." (NASV)
4 HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU BECOME A DISCIPLE
Habit (Webster's Dictionary)- It is a continual, often unconscious inclination to do a certain activity, acquired through frequent repetition."
"You have put off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self which God is continually renewing in his own image to bring you to a full knowledge of himself." Colossians 3:9-10
WE GROW THROUGH OUR COMMITMENTS!
1. A TIME WITH GOD IN PRAYER & HIS WORD.
"If you continue in my Word then you are my disciples indeed. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
“Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives to pray." Luke 22:39
2. A TITHE TO GOD.
“...any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
"The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives." Deuteronomy 14:23
3. A TALENT FOR GOD.
Significance in life doesn’t come from status, salary, sex or success. It comes from serving. From giving your life away.
“IF you want to be the most important person you must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else." Mark 9:35 (GW)
“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
4. A TIME WITH ONE ANOTHER.
“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more...” Hebrews 10:24-25 (TEV)
Are You Ready To Become A REAL Disciple Of Jesus Christ?