As our relationship with Jesus progresses, we grow in Christ-likeness. As we get to know God, our desires change, our needs change, and our responsibilities increase. These things create transformations in us and change how we deal with the world around us. However, before long we realize no matter how much we’ve grown there is still more to learn—more areas of our lives that need to grow. What is our responsibility regarding this cyclical nature of maturing in our faith?
Study the following biblical references and consider how they address the questions listed below. If using this outline with a Small Group, consider assigning different Scriptures to different individuals and relating them to one or more of the questions. Then scroll down the page to review our recommended resources for the topic of Stages of Growing as a Christian and consider how the various articles or podcasts provide further insights relating to this topic.
Colossians 1:9-10 (live a life worthy); 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (when I was a child…); Luke 12:48 (to him who has been given much, much will be required), Hebrews 5:11-14 (solid food is for the mature); 2 Peter 1:5-7 (progression of virtues); Luke 8:14-15 (good seed); Ephesians 4:13-16 and 20-24 (growth in love); Romans 5:2-6 (progression of virtues).
- What is the goal of maturing in Christ?
- As we mature in our faith, how is the change in our behavior like that of the change experienced from childhood to adulthood?
- What is meant by seeing dimly? Knowing in part? What about knowing the Lord fully?
- What do you suppose is required of us in the passage referenced in Luke as maturing believers?
- Are we guilty of the same criticism as the Hebrews regarding our spiritual maturity?
- What is meant by solid food and how does it help us mature as Christians?
- For everything given to us in the opening verses of 2 Peter, why must we “add to our faith?”
- How do the virtues listed in the 2 Peter passage build upon one another?
- Luke 8:15 says the key to an honest and good heart producing fruit is perseverance. What does “perseverance” look like in your life right now?
Following are a series of carefully selected resources that provide perspectives and experiences of various authors, most having military experience. These articles and podcasts are intended to stimulate further thinking and reflective application for individuals or to act as the basis of discussion in small groups.