Sermon 2020-07-26

Christ Maturity

Ephesians 4:11-16
Series: Who Are You and Where Are You Going?
Rev. Tim Meendering

Order of Service

  • Welcome
  • Sermon – Christ Maturity
  • Song – Come Thou Fount
  • Song – This is Amazing Grace
  • Closing Blessing

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • During this pandemic season, what are some of the greatest struggles or barriers for you to make progress in maturity and unity with fellow believers?
  • What has been your experience with church participation, activity, and busyness and making real progress toward heart and life transformation? Have others noticed that you have changed over months or years?
  • How would you describe what it means to grow up and be like Jesus?
 
Why are we to press intensely toward maturity?
  • We are naturally spiritual drifters.
      • What has been your experience with spiritual drifting and what have been the most important factors?
  • We suffer with spiritual ADHD in a wildly distracting world.
      • What are the most significant worries, riches, and pleasures that may be working to spiritually choke you or keep you from making progress with Christ maturity?
      • If you think about the “Drift Away” song, what are your most common substitutes that you might turn to for your help, joy, strength, drifting away, freeing your soul, carrying through, being soothed, and moved?
How do we get there?
  • What does Philippians 3:12-14 say about the intensity of effort toward the goal God has for us and how does that compare to the effort that you exert toward Christ maturity? What most keeps you from giving time, energy, and passion toward becoming like Jesus?
 
How do you know if you are making progress toward Christ maturity?
  • When you consider the list of ways that we know we are making progress in Ephesians 4:13-32, how might you be experiencing the most progress? What area should you perhaps focus on for repentance and becoming like Jesus?
 
How do we make progress toward Christ maturity?
  • What is your experience and progress with daily repentance, being sorry for and hating sin, and an increasing joy in Christ? Make a commitment to make this a part of your daily time with God.
  • What has Christ done to make it possible for us to turn away from an aimless drifting life?
 
God uses three instruments to lead us into repentance and maturity: His Word, Spirit, and his people.
  • What has been your experience with the power of God’s Word to reveal sin, convict, and reveal Jesus as your Savior? What step can you take to read the Bible and increasingly learn what it tells you about Jesus?
  • Do you pray specifically, as David did in Psalm 139:23-24, for God’s Spirit to work on you?
  • How has the pandemic affected your ability to obey Hebrews 3:12-13 and be an active part of the whole Body as it is described in Ephesians 4:15-16?
  • In the midst of the current pandemic circumstances with limited capabilities for corporate worship, what step can you take to learn the Word, through power of God’s Spirit, in fellowship with other believers?
  • What has Jesus done to become the fountain of grace for our growth—to us and through us?