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October 13 Bible Study: It Takes Time
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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
>Spiritual maturity is being like Christ
>Perfection in the Bible means maturity. Philippians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 7:1;
>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;
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?
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