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  • 1. You Were Created To Become Like Christ Purpose 3 Sections 22-28 (pages 169-223) Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 2. How We Grow Section 23 page 179 - 184 Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 3. God wants us to grow up...like Christ in everything Eph 4:15 We are not meant to remain as children Eph 4:14 (Ph) Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 4. God wants you to grow up Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 5. Many Christians grow older but never grow up. Spiritual growth is not automatic - you must be intentional, wanting, deciding, making an effort. Discipleship - the process of becoming like Christ - always begins with a decision. Note that the rst disciples did not understand all that was involved - but they took a decision, a commitment. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 6. Every choice has eternal consequences - so choose wisely; 2 Peter 3:11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 7. Gods part and your part Christlikeness is the result of making Christlike choices and depending upon the Spirit to help you fulll those choices. You let go of old ways, intentionally develop new ones, and be certain the Holy Spirit will help you in this. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 8. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyednot only in my presence, but now much more in my absencecontinue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Php 2:12-13 Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 9. The work out part is your responsibility - the work in is Gods role, God works with us, not just in us. Note this is not about salvation but about Christian living: God has given you a new life now you have to work at it, just like working out to get t, or working out a problem, or working the land to get a harvest. Fear and trembling means it is a serious business. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 10. Changing your autopilot Life change requires thought change. Actions are the result of thoughts Many people try to change their life through sheer determination, and often it works for a while - trying in their own strength to overpower something that has mastered them - Warren likens this to trying to change the course of a speedboat set to go east but you change its course by strength and make it go west. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 11. The alternative is to deal with the root of the problem - change your autopilot. Rom 12:2 Change always starts in your mind, with the way you think - so this change has to be the rst in spiritual growth. The way you think determines how you feel, and this then affects the way you act. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 12. Eph 4:23 NLT ...to be made new in the attitude of your minds; In the NT this is described as repentance - the Greek word literally meaning to change your mind When you take on Christs view of things repentance has taken place - thinking about God, yourself, sin, people, the future, life...anything. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 13. Php 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus... ...a process which has two parts; 1. Stop thinking immature thoughts - these are self centred and self seeking - 1 Cor 14:20 - babies are selsh, not giving they only receive - Rom 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 14. 2. Start thinking maturely - this focuses on others not yourself - 1 Cor 13:11 Remember Biblical knowledge is helpful in maturing us - but it is not the only way to measure maturity, and in fact such measurement can be misleading. Our beliefs and creeds must be matched, shown by, Christlike behaviour. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 15. Rom 15:2-3 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." Thinking of others is the heart of Christlikeness and the best evidence of spiritual growth. Such a way of thinking is rare, counter-cultural and difcult - but God has given us his Sprit to help us live it out: 1 Cor 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 16. Point to Ponder: God wants you to grow up Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 17. Verse to remember: Rom 12:2 Sunday 24 October 2010
  • 18. Question to consider: What is the one area where I need to stop thinking my way and start thinking Gods way? Sunday 24 October 2010