Christian Growth: optional?

So Christians ought to be naturally growing in their faith.

Everyone does it. Well at least almost everyone. Those that don’t go see a doctor, and we certainly feel for them.

So everyone does it but usually not at the same rate. And when it comes to spiritual maturity, we are talking about something totally different.

Everyone matures physically, but it seems that there are some Christians who do not mature at all. Hebrews 5:11-14 says,

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

And if nothing else is clear, it is clear that there are some who not only would call themselves Christians, and the writer of Hebrews thinks of them as Christians because he says they should be teachers.

However if you keep reading into chapter 6 you get the since that: Immature Christians are possible but in peril. What do I mean?

  1. It is possible to be saved, blood-bought, justified, headed to heaven to be with Christ for eternity, and be an immature Christian living on milk and not solid food.
  2. But that immaturity is perilous and dangerous for the one who is immature. Because it is the immature in chapter 6 of Hebrews, that seems to be concerned about tasting the powers of the age to come and then falling away.

So Christians ought to be naturally growing in their faith. Though an immature Christian is possible; he is also in danger.

So to grow you simply need to:

  1. Read the Scriptures prayerfully
  2. Obey the Scriptures regularly
  3. Serve the Body faithfully
  4. Share the gospel constantly
  5. Discern the good continually