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October 13 Bible Study: It Takes Time

Posted on Thu, Oct 14, 2004

Our Bible Study lessons are taken from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren Ė a chapter each week until the book has been completed. 
 
October 13 Bible Study:  Chapter 28 Ė It Takes Time
Lesson taught by Assistant Pastor Porter
 
Points to Ponder
 
>There are no shortcuts to maturity.  Spiritual growth, like physical growth, takes
 time.
>Spiritual maturity is being like Christ
>Perfection in the Bible means maturity.  Philippians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 7:1;
 Hebrews 6:1
>Signs of immaturity. 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Ephesians 4:14; Hebrews 5:11-14
>Evidence of maturity. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Hebrews 5:14; James 1:2-4
 
I. Why does it take so long?
 a. We are slow learners
 b. We have a lot to unlearn Romans 13:12-14; Ephesians 4:22-24;
 Colossians 3:7-14
 c. We are afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselves
 d. Growth is often painful and scary
 >Every change involves a loss of some kind.
 e. Habits take time to develop 
 
II. Donít get in a hurry.
 a. Believe God is working in your life even when you donít feel it
 b. Keep a notebook or journal of lessons learned
 c. Be patient with God and with yourself
 >God will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.
 d. Donít get discouraged Habakkuk 2:2-3
 
Question to Consider:  In what area of my spiritual growth do I need to be more
 patient and persistent?
   Discussion: October 13 Bible Study: It Takes Time

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