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Growing Up in the Family of God

Updated on December 9, 2009

Canaan Baptist Church

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Growing up in the Family

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

I. Provision for Growth Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

     A. Grace

     B. Gifts (led captivity captive)

     C. Guidance vs 11

II. Process of Growing up 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. 13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 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. Gullibility

          1. Children I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

          2. Carried about

          3. Cunning Craftiness

     B. Graduation

     C. Glory

III. Proof of Growing up Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

     A. Guile Vs 25 truthfulness vs lying

     B. Grudge

     C. Greed vs give: possession test

          1. Can I pray

           2. Can I stay (if says no)

           3. Can I lay (at his feet)

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