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How do we mature in Christ?
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:38:20 am »
So this AM I was studying and came across several passages about maturing in our faith or in Christ.  What are the ways we mature in Christ and where do you find that in scripture?

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Re: How do we mature in Christ?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 01:17:57 pm »

Galatians 5:13



You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Wheat are NOT reborn / regenerate tares !!!

Matt 13:36-43  ...Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

38 the field is the world
good seed are of the kingdom sown by the Son of man
tares are of the wicked one 39 sown by the devil


Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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Re: How do we mature in Christ?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2021, 01:45:09 pm »
One sign of maturity in a Christian is the ability to speak the truth in love. Interestingly, the ability to promote what is right with the right attitude is directly contrasted ("rather") to being immature and deceived. Immature believers can fall prey to the false choice of speaking truth without love, or speaking love without truth. The first problem promotes legalism; the second problem promotes depravity. God's command is to grow in maturity, a progression which includes both action and information (Ephesians 4:1112).

To speak the truth in love includes how Christians communicate with believers and unbelievers alike. Believers are called to live in harmony with one another as family. With unbelievers, we are told to be ready at all times to "make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15). There is no reason why a Christian has to be mean-spirited in order to be accurate when sharing our faith with others. Instead, we should speak the truth in love, letting God's Spirit work boldly in us and through us to help others come to faith in Christ.


https://www.bibleref.com/Ephesians/4/Ephesians-4-15.html#commentary

Ephesians 4:15 KJV: "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"


Truly understanding saving grace, as Paul explained in prior chapters, is the Christian's first motivation for living a godly life. Here, Paul encourages believers to live in way which honors that gift. All saved Christians are part of a single, unified family, part of the ''body'' of Christ. At the same time, different believers are given different talents. Some are called to positions of leadership and authority. All Christians should turn away from the ''old self'' we were prior to being saved. Paul's explanation of the ''new self'' includes some basic, practical steps.

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Re: How do we mature in Christ?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2021, 11:41:49 pm »
Franklin Graham reacts to Biden omitting 'God' from National Day of Prayer



Biden is the first president to omit the word God from proclamation; Reverend and Samaritan's Purse President weighs in


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Re: How do we mature in Christ?
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Franklin Graham reacts to Biden omitting 'God' from National Day of Prayer



Biden is the first president to omit the word God from proclamation; Reverend and Samaritan's Purse President weighs in


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsz0NBaA0lk
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Re: How do we mature in Christ?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2021, 09:41:13 pm »
Franklin Graham reacts to Biden omitting 'God' from National Day of Prayer



Biden is the first president to omit the word God from proclamation; Reverend and Samaritan's Purse President weighs in


5 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsz0NBaA0lk
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How many people of this troubled country are aware of what He did not do and How many of those that do know, really care?


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1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
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