Growing Stronger Study
Growing Stronger: Pathway to Maturity
We will be devoting seven-weeks to help you grow stronger in your faith and take the next steps on your pathway towards maturity. On the Weekend Services we will take an in depth look at the lives of six real people that encountered Jesus. We are hoping that you see yourself in their decisions and how they operated. During the Encounter Study, on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm, we will be concentrating on the essential ingredients to make lasting gains in your spiritual maturity.
“Today there are all kinds of ideas about what it means to be spiritual. Some people say that spiritual maturity is defined at its core by being busy with a lot of religious activities, others say it comes from knowing a lot about the Bible, and others say it is achieved by piling up spiritual accomplishments. The Pharisees did all these things, and Jesus said they were the least fruitful of anybody (Matthew 23:23-26). What does the genuine article look like? How does authentic spiritual growth happen?
In the physical realm it is helpful to know what a mature adult looks like so you can see if the growth of a child is progressing toward maturity. Adults who are unable to feed themselves or are still throwing fits when they do not get their way are usually not considered mature. The physical maturing process is a journey towards independence. Our spiritual journeys are just the opposite. We start off in rebellion against God, thinking we can do it on our own. The goal of growth is to move us from being far from God and living for ourselves, to getting to know God and make a difference in a hurting world. True spirituality is evidenced by the way you treat people and the person you are becoming.”