Today we continue our Friday messages with Experiencing the Great Salvation of God” this series will enlarge or concepts of what God has provided for us in and through Jesus.
He came to do something more than just give us a ticket to heaven.
This week we are talking about.
The Necessity of Spiritual Growth.
1 Peter 2:2 (ESV)
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation
1 Peter 1:13-2:3 (ESV)
We have a great salvation because we have a great Saviour.
We need to recognise and respond to His entire redemptive program for us, not just part of it.
The Philippine jailer asked. ‘what must I do to be saved?”
This is an appropriate question each of us.
To be saved from the power of sin, we must daily live in fellowship with Jesus Christ.
To be save from the very presence of sin, we must wait in faith for the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the age.
Some people have never seriously asked, “What must I do to be saved?”
Today you would be very wise to search your heart for the answer.
To be saved from the penalty of sin, trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
To be save from the tragedy of living a life of emptiness and failure, you must live in cooperation and fellowship with Jesus Christ as He seeks to work out God’s great program for your life.
The Christian life should be seen as a process of becoming and being what God wants us to be.
Many focus only on the beginning of this process.
Others think only of its final consummation.
Today we concentrate on an absolute essential for experiencing triumph in our spiritual lives, we must be in the process of growing.
- Spiritual birth must come before salvation from the power of sin.
Some people would like to experience victory over failure before they make a profession of faith and become identified with the church.
These people need to be more informed
- The new birth, resulting in a new nature from God, must occur in the individuals soul.
No one can begin to live a Christian life and manifest the fruit of the Spirit until they experience the new birth.
Jesus said, “you musty be born again” in John 3:7.
He said this because we must be born before we have life.
B. Salvation is much more than someone sincerely making some good resolutions.
C. Salvation is much more than obedience to a code of laws.
In Romans 7 Paul described his attempts to please God and himself by obedience to laws through the power of human effort.
Paul failed miserably and was very unhappy as he sought to find acceptance before God through obedience to the law.
D. The new birth occurs as God creates new life in the heart of someone who believes the good news of salvation. ( James 1:18)
Some people want to experience salvation through human effort, but it cannot be experienced until they turn to God in repentance and faith.
2. We become infants in God’s family when we experience the new birth.
Physical birth does not produce a full grown person.
At birth no one is strong, mature, or competent.
There are some things that only time, broth, and experience can provide.
The same is true in the spiritual realm.
- Spiritual infants, like human infants, are very precious to the Father.
God relates to each infant in terms of tender, loving care.
The Father God desires all infants be related to a spiritual family, the church, where they can be nurtured in their spiritual pilgrimage.
B. Spiritual infants, like human infants, are nearly helpless.
There are many things that children of God are unable to do because of their immaturity.
Time and growth can make a difference.
C. Spiritual infants, like human infants, are very dependant.
Human babies are the most helpless of all infants.
They are exceedingly dependant on their parents for nurture.
In a similar manner, the infants of God are dependant on the church family for nurture and encouragement.
D. Spiritual infants, like human infants, make mistakes.
Some mistakingly believe that conversion alone will solve the major problems and completely change the habits that were developed before they came to know Jesus Christ as Saviour.
This false expectancy has contributed to both spiritual defeat and depression.
We need to realise that just as human infants make mistakes as they progress toward maturity, infants in the family of God also experience failure before they reach maturity.
To be an infant in God’s family should cause us to have an attitude of humility concerning ourselves.
At the same time, it should encourage us to have hope for a better tomorrow if we continue to grow.
3. The baby’s hunger for food.
It is interesting to note that newborn babies immediately begin to seek nourishment from their mother.
Likewise, one of the basic needs of a spiritual newborn is nourishment.
- Spiritual hunger is normal for children of God.
Matthew 5:6 (ESV) says
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
B. We are commanded to hunger for nourishment from God’s Word.
We should intensify this hunger so we can become strong and zealous children of God and effectively minister to others.
The absence of hunger indicates either illness of the absence of life.
Those who are spiritually dead have no hunger for spiritual things.
An intense hunger for the things of God indicates the presence of spiritual life.
4. Spiritual growth is God’s plan for us.
- Spiritual growth should be a normal pattern.
- Spiritual growth is expected by the Father.
- Spiritual growth, like physical growth, is difficult.
- Spiritual growth, like physical growth, brings satisfaction.
- Spiritual growth develops character and competency to serve.
Spiritual birth begins the journey from where we are to where God wants us to be.
Growth results after our spiritual birth as we identify with God’s people.
Our spiritual growth is in proportion to the amount of scripture we “eat”.
Every day we need to read, digest, and manifest the great truths found in God’s Word.
Until next time
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