12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity Growing Down to Grow Up Philippians 2:5-11
Turn with me if you would to Philippians chapter 2, and we're going to pick up the reading at verse 5, and we're going to read to verse 11.
Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a...
August 19, 2001
I Corinthians 8
“Showing Strength in the Presence of the Weak
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Now turn with me to I Corinthians, chapter eight. Now we are looking at keys, twelve of them, of spiritual maturity. We've had a little break over the last couple of weeks, but now we've come to number nine, and that is “Showing Strength in the Presence of the...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity Unshakable Under Trial Genesis 49:20-50:28
Genesis 49 at verse 28, "All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to when he blessed them. He blessed them everyone with the blessing, appropriate to him. Then he charged them and said to them, ‘I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in...
Twelve Keys to Spiritual Maturity A Godly Home Colossians 3:18-21
In approaching these keys to spiritual maturity, it is very easy to convey two mistaken impressions.
The first one is the belief that the Christian life is about achieving some sort of whiz-bang, MTV, instant attainment thing. Just apply the magic formula, the correct set of mantras and, "Hey Presto" a mature Christian.
It's a bit like America...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity2 Corinthians 5:6-21 An Evangelist's Heart
Dr. Derek Thomas
Now turn with me, if you would, to the second epistle of Paul, to the Corinthians in chapter 5. And we are going to pick up the reading at verse 6 and read through to the end of the chapter. 2 Corinthians 5 beginning at verse 6–This is the word of God:
2 Timothy 3:10-17
There are few greater privileges than to have the Bible in one's own language. Over 450 years ago, Erasmus expressed a hope that some day the farmer as he followed the plough and the weaver as he sat at the loom would cheer themselves as they studied the message of Scripture. Equally, William...
David's Sin - Purity - #7
2 Samuel 11
The Bible is a book full of peaks and valleys of spiritual experience. Few valleys so deep and dark as that of 2 Samuel 11. The description of the fall of David is as tragic as it is gripping. The writer seems to slow down in the telling of the story of the great...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity: Letting go of Everything (#4)
1 Samuel 1
The wonderful thing about the Old Testament is that it stops to reflect on how the doctrines of grace impinge upon the lives of people, and not just "important" people, but ordinary people. In that sense, the Old Testament seems to have time to pause, to linger on the effect of God's truths upon the...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity:
Praying When you don't Feel Like it (#5)
I need to explain something about why we are looking at this passage. It is undoubtedly a very unfamiliar passage to most of you. We are studying together what I have called "Twelve Keys of Spiritual Maturity" and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if we were to conduct some kind of...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity:
Putting Sin to Death - #3
Suppose a man to be a true believer, and yet finds in himself a powerful indwelling sin, leading him captive to the law of it, consuming his heart with trouble, perplexing his thoughts, weakening his soul as to duties of communion with God, disquieting him as to peace, and perhaps defiling his conscience and exposing...
12 Keys to Spiritual Maturity
A Spiritual Mind (#2)
John Owen (1616-1683), was one of greatest of the Puritan preachers and teachers of the seventeenth century. Oliver Cromwell, the Chancellor of Oxford University appointed him Vice-Chancellor in 1652, a post which he held until 1657. His collected writings span some twenty-four volumes of packed, some would say prolix, sentences.
My first acquaintance with him came in...
Twelve Keys to Spiritual Maturity
Desiring Spiritual Maturity (#1)
2 Peter 3:18
Last words are always important. Some of my favorite ones are by William Wallace (of Braveheart fame, the thirteenth century Scottish Patriot) whose final words, or, in this case, word was "Freedom!" I am also very fond of citing the final words of ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, who had been inadvertedly shot by his own men, "Let...