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Grow Up: Christian Maturity in 140 Characters Reflecting on Christian maturity, this devotional on Ephesians 4:11-16 discusses how the Church—the Body of Christ—grows and develops through the work of the laity. This growth depends on learning God's truth taught through the clergy. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Do You Want to Grow Up? An Invitation to Christian Maturity If we are to grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ, we must resolve to make pursuing spiritual maturity a top priority. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Unpacking the Mystery A service plan centered around Philippians 3 with the theme that Christian maturity eagerly reaches forward to the full hope of glory that Christ by his resurrection has provided for us. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Unknown Christian Realism: Basic Bible Commentary on Romans 5 Robert Jewett's commentary on Romans 5 sees the chapter as grounded in "Christian realism" about present suffering leading to maturity, in contrast to hope of God's glory in the future. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Ministry Matters Author: Robert Jewett Five Great Watchwords For Christians This audio sermon by George W. Truett on 1 Corinthians 16:13 provides five catchphrases for representing Christ: watchfulness (resist temptation), steadfastness (stand by beliefs), maturity (grow in character), strength (grow in faith), and love. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Baylor University Libraries Digital Sermon Collections Author: George W Truett Reimagining the Christian School Sacrifice Addressing people who complain that Christian schools are too costly, this article by Dirk Walhout on Psalm 78:4 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17 argues that Christian education is an investment in socializing children to spread Christ's love. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Dirk Walhout “The road to the future runs through the past” A person of immense vitality, Robert Webber turned to the church fathers, not to return to the Christian past, but to retrieve the Christian past for the renewal of the Christian present and future. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Joel Scandrett The Mystery of the Christian Faith Preached The mystery of the Christian faith is emphasized and explained in these seven homilies. This mystery means that Christ accompanies us home after Communion, just like on the road to Emmaus, and that we are resurrected. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Father Philip-Michael F. Tangorra How Do Christians Grow and Mature? David Fitch outlines and evaluates two different ways that Christians often mature in their faith. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: David Fitch Why Christians should care about Rights In this scholarly article, patristics scholar Susan Holman writes about human rights and argues Christians should care about rights on the basis of the mandate in Matthew 25:31-46 to perform acts of "righteousness." Resource type: Article Source: The Project on Lived Theology Author: Susan R. Holman Christians Who Stop Growing This illustration is about how sharks grow to the size of their tank, similar to how Christians stay in their small confines and stay small. This is appropriate for 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 and other passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Charles Simpson Developing Christian Maturity This sermon illustration for Ephesians 4:13-14 quotes Twila Paris as saying, "A big part of Christian maturity is learning to let God keep you steady...ruled less and less by your emotions and circumstances." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Twila Paris Real Maturity This sermon illustration for Ephesians 4:15 or 2 Peter 3:18 focuses on the four stages of Christian maturity and the direction toward which our love is focused within each of these four stages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Settling Into Maturity In this video interview, Phyllis Tickle discusses the nature of quiet assurance, mysticism, and the long and difficult road to Christian maturity. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Phyllis Tickle Reclaiming Maturity Drawing on 1 Corinthians 10:23, 13:2 and Galatians 5:22, this article by Adam Navis discusses the importance of maturity in Christian life and leadership. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Adam Navis What Every Christian Should Know About AIDS Sermon notes on Philippians 2:1-13 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. A call to action in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. "Every Christian should know enough to do something about AIDS." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr James's Theological Grammar Robert Wall proposes a "theological grammar" of the book of James, a summary of principles including the creator God, Jesus the Incarnate Son, the church community in the Holy Spirit, and the Christian life. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert W. Wall What Happens to a Church When the Members Won’t Grow Up? This Catholic article laments the spiritual immaturity of men and of women in the Church, suggesting there is a lack of guidance on how to grow up to spiritual maturity as Catholic Christians. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: R. Thomas Richard, PhD J.R.R. Tolkien's 40-year Journey to Excellence This sermon illustration for 2 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 4:15, or 2 Corinthians 3:18 relating to themes of sanctification and spiritual growth, demonstrates that it takes lots of time and effort to grow into Christian maturity. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Trevor McMaken Christian Leader from Asia Critiques Our View of Suffering In this sermon illustration, a minister to the urban poor writes about the west's defective understanding of suffering that hinders spiritual maturity, arguing that suffering is not something to escape, but a tool for growth. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Ajith Fernando
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