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Maturing as a Christian (Part 1)

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Radio transcript for the week of October 12, 2014

Ricky Berger preaches on "Maturing as a Christian (Part 1)" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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2 Peter 3:18 says, "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." Just as we grow physically each day, Christians must grow spiritually also. Personal growth in Christ is required of Christians; 1 Peter 2:2 - "as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby". We all grow at a different pace, but every effort should be made to grow in Christ. The Bible gives us a remedy for Christian growth:

"As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 1:3-11

Time Management is a key for maturing as a Christian: Ephesians 5:15-16 - "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." It is easy to waste time on things that are not important. A failure to manage time usually means a more stressful life, and less accomplished in the Lord's kingdom. When time isn’t managed well and something doesn't get completed, it is almost certain it will be the Lord’s work that gets left out. Proper time management will help you to accomplish more. Jesus lived a very busy life which included: teaching publicly and privately, healing the sick, raising the dead, traveling, visiting, and many other areas of evangelism. However, He still took time to: be alone, rest, sleep, and pray. There is no way to do everything you want to do, but God wants us to be wise with our time so we can accomplish what we're able. I must admit, I haven’t been very wise when it comes to time management, but here are some suggestions I have learned from others or am trying myself to be better at time management:

  • Make a list of everything that needs to be done either daily or weekly.
  • When this list is full don’t add anything else to it.
  • Leave one or two spaces open for the unexpected; which is almost always certain to happen.
  • As you complete an item on your list, mark it off. Little "victories" can give you a boost.
  • Don’t allow this list to interfere with family or personal time.
  • Learn that some things can be put off until tomorrow.
  • Don't get in the habit of putting things off until tomorrow.
  • List and do your events in order according to priority.
  • Group your events according to location.
  • Be careful about taking on extra duties or volunteer work; people love volunteers.
  • Learn to say no!
  • Fill your calendar, even if it says personal time.
  • If you do take on extra responsibilities, add only one at a time and allow a set amount of time to pass before adding more. A job may seem little or easy at first but actually take up a lot of time, especially in the beginning.
  • Avoid the habit of saying there just isn’t enough time in the day. That is like saying God didn’t know what He was doing during creation. God gave us plenty of time in a day to accomplish what He expects of us.

A Christian should have the desire to grow stronger and closer to God every day. A failure to grow not only disappoints God, but it makes Satan's work easier; "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).

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What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:1; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • God's word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lord's Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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