Thursday, February 6, 2014

MATURE VS IMMATURE CHRISTIAN

1.      Mature Christian is not only a follower of Christ but a prolific fisher of men. Matt. 4:19
2.      Mature Christian is not only a shepherd of the tame sheep but also a seeker of the lost sheep. Luke 19:10
3.      A mature Christian does not just pray in the comfort of his home or the church or in the prayer cell but goes out weeping (interceding) with the seed (gospel) and comes back rejoicing with sheaves (harvest). Psalm 126:5,6
4.      A mature Christian is not only a sower of the seed but also a reaper of thirty, sixty and hundredfold harvest. Matt. 13:8
5.      A mature Christian knows that singing devotional songs is not worship but the best way to glorify God is to bring abundant fruit that remains (continuously reproduces). John 15:8,15
6.      A mature Christian is not only a saved soul but knows that he is saved to save others by breaking bread and sharing the whole wisdom of God from house to house. Col. 1:26-28; 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 2:46; 20:20,27
7.      A mature Christian is not just a gifted minister but uses his gifts to equip the saints for the works of the ministry of offering Gentiles as spiritual sacrifice, well pleasing to God. Ephesians 4:11,12; Romans 15:16; 1 Peter 2:5
8.      A mature Christian does not only loves the Lord but also loves his neighbor, his enemies and each other so much that he has the courage to share Christ with them. Luke 10:27; Matt. 5:43,44; John 13:34,35
9.      A mature Christian not only knows sound doctrine but uses it effectively to convince and convict those who oppose the gospel. He is trained to be ready to give an answer in defense of his faith to a candid inquirer. Titus 1:9; 1 Peter 3:15
10.  A mature Christian does not stagnate on the pew but goes 2x2, finds a person of peace and plants a multiplying church in his house. Luke 10:1-9
11.  A mature Christian is not just a hearer of the word but a doer as well. James 1:22
12.  A mature Christian does not preach through enticing words of man’s wisdom but with demonstration of power and Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:4; Romans 15:19,20
13.  A mature Christian does not plan to go to heaven alone but births and nurtures at least four generations of disciples with the confidence that even his fourth generation spiritual children will be reproducing and multiplying vigorously. 2 Timothy 2:2
14.  A mature Christian knows that he is not just a layman but a royal priest, made so by the blood of the Lamb. As a priest he offers broken and contrite hearts, a sweet smelling sacrifice to God and then reigns on earth as God’s Vice-Roy. 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 5:9,10; Psalm 51:17; 2 Cor. 2:15  

15.  A mature Christian is none other than the Great Commission Christian who knows that it is the last command of our Lord, signed and sealed with his own blood- to go and make disciples of all nations, baptize and make them obedient (to the Great Commission) and send them on to do the same. Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21