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Weekly Sermon - 21 Jan 18                                 

The pursuits of Christian Maturity
(Hebrews 5:13-6:1a)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(48 minutes)
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Superiority of Christ

.     Christ is superior to Angels (Chap. 1,2)

.     Christ is superior to Moses (Chap. 3)

.     Christ is superior to Joshua (Chap. 4)

.     Christ is superior to Aaron (Chap.5-10)

1. The Prevention to Maturity

.     Hebrews 5:11 "Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing."

.     V.11 "Dull of hearing" - "no push" thus to be slow or sluggish...the idea of mental laziness.

.     It is also used of someone being sick and therefore lacking energy.

.     They were not used to be that like, but they have developed this spiritual malady. 

.     "There is no neutral in the Christian life. Either you are growing or you're shrinking." 

.     Hear the Wise Man, Solomon

.     Proverbs 13:4 "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."

.     Proverbs 21:25 "The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour."

2. The Purposes for Maturity

.     Hebrews 5:12 "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."

.     V.12 "Teachers" - They are expected to enter deeply into their faith and to impart truth to those less advanced. (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-7; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:3-5).

.     Hebrews 5:13 "For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe."

.     V.13 "Babes" means, "not speaking or one unable to speak" thus, "simple minded or stupid."

.     Corinthian Christians were still babes (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

.     They are slipping back into spiritual infancy!

3. The Pursuits for Maturity

.     Hebrews 5:14 "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

.     A habitual use or to "exercise" or  "to train"

.     Spiritual growth is the result of developing godly habits.

.     "Discernment" is the ability to evaluate beliefs, values, feelings, etc. in light of God's Word and render a verdict on them.

.     Hebrews 6:1 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,"

.     The command is a passive verb that has the nuance of "being borne by God toward maturity."

.     In 2 Pet. 1:21 "moved by the Holy Spirit," this word was used of a ship at sea being borne by the wind in its sails.

.     Spiritual growth is our responsibility and it requires our greatest effort, but beneath the whole process is God's power and enablement (cf. Phil. 2:12-13).

Conclusion – Philippians 3:12-14

.     V.12 "I follow after" is a strong expression for active and earnest endeavour.

.     V.13 "Reaching forth" means, "to stretch a muscle to its limit";

.     V.14 "I press toward" is, "to run swiftly in order to catch it."

 

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