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God Expects Christian Growth


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,” Hebrews 5:12.


When our children were infants, we would take them to the doctor for regular check-ups and one of the first things the nurses did was measure the child’s weight and height.  The doctor would then make a general determination of the child’s health based upon age, weight and height and, hopefully, say things like, “Your child is healthy and growing normally.” If the child did not meet the growth requirements expected, it would be necessary to run tests to see if there was something wrong. Normal growth in a child is expected, but stunted growth is an indication that there might be a physiological abnormality.


The same is true in the spiritual life of every believer: God expects Christian growth. The Bible does not give us normative growth charts or spiritual growth deadlines, but in some places, including our Key Verse for today, God expressed disappointment in believers who had been walking with Him long enough that they should have been teaching others, but were not. The problem God had with these believers is that they never built upon their faith. They should have been mature enough to transmit truth to other people but because they had a problem of apathy, disobedience and doubt in their hearts, their growth was stunted. God weighs and measures us daily. Has He found us mature and teaching others or has He found us still in a stage of spiritual infancy? Unlike children, we are responsible for feeding ourselves and growing in our faith.





Will you commit to growing in your faith today?



Mark Clements



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R. G. Lee
Quoting Torrey
Torrey Talking Tremendously

“What we need more than anything else is a baptism with fire on the preachers, a baptism with fire on the deacons, a baptism with fire on the choir, a baptism with fire on the Sunday-school teachers, a baptism with fire upon young men and young women.”

“The doctrine of evolution is absolutely unproved. There is not a single proof of the hypothesis of evolution. Development of varieties there has been, but of evolution of a higher species from a lower not one single case. The hypothesis of the evolution of species, of the highest form of life from the lowest, is a guess pure and simple, without one scientifically observed fact to build upon.”

“If the Bible is not true, we have no proof that God is love.”

“There is an awful risk in delay.”

“Irrational and absurd are all the excuses that men make for not coming to Christ.”

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Spiritual Gifts 4


Spiritual Gifts Are To Be “Stirred Up” And Used.

According to I Timothy 4:14s, a spiritual gift can be neglected.

God’s intent is that it be “stirred up,” II Timothy 1:6 through searching the Word of God, giving “thyself wholly” to it, and using it to the glory of God, I Peter 4:11b.

According to Romans 12:6-8, God expects us to concentrate on exercising our gift in the church. This is seen in the words, “let us” and “let him.”

Joy Comes In Exercising The Spiritual Gift.

The Greek word which is translated “gift” in our English Bible is ‘charisma.’ This comes from another word, ‘char,’ which means JOY. (The word ‘charis’ means “grace.”)

Thus we see spiritual gifts in the light of God graciously giving us the desire to do His will – Philippians 2:13.

In Studying The Subject Of Spiritual Gifts, The Word Of God Takes Precedence Over “Experience.”

Isaiah 8:20. If experience is our basis then we logically have to accept all experiences.

If experience is our rule of faith and practice, then we are judging the Bible to be true or false according to our experiece. The Bible is to be our rule of faith and practice in all things, and what we experience is to be judged by the Bible, the Word of God.

If we were to say, “I have looked into the eyes of a man and I saw his soul and he has not been saved; the Bible would judge us on the truth or falseness of that statement.


A list of spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament is compiled from the following Scriptures:

Bible Listing Of Spiritual Gifts.

  1. Wisdom – I Corinthians 12:8
  2. Knowledge – I Corinthians 12:8
  3. Faith – I Corinthians 12:9
  4. Healing – I Corinthians 12:9,28
  5. Miracles – I Corinthians 12:10,28
  6. Prophecy – I Corinthians 12:10; Romans 12:6; I Peter 4:11
  7. Discernment – I Corinthians 12:10
  8. Tongues – I Corinthians 12:10,28
  9. Interpretation – I Corinthians 12:10
  10. Helps – I Corinthians 12:28
  11. Governments (Ruling) – I Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:8
  12. Ministry – Romans 12:7; I Peter 4:11
  13. Teaching – Romans 12:7
  14. Exhortation – Romans 12:8
  15. Giving – Romans 12:8
  16. Mercy – Romans 12:8

Bible Listing Of Gifted Men.

Ephesians 4:11

  1. Apostles

The office of “apostle” has ceased.

Although the Greek word ‘apostolos’ means “sent one,” or “missionary,” the Biblical qualifications for the office of apostle were that they must have been:

    1. An Eye-Witness Of The Resurrected Christ.

Acts 1:22; I Corinthians 9:1; 15:8

    1. Audibly Called To Be An Apostle By The Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:5; Romans 1:1

    1. Been baptised by John.

Acts 1:22

For this reason we do not have apostles today. There is no such thing as “Apostolic Succession.”

  1. Prophets

The office of “Prophet” was two-fold.

The “fore-telling” aspect of the New Testament prophet ceased with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures.

According to Romans 16:26, the human writers of the New Testament were prophets.

  1. Evangelists

An Evangelist primarily establishes or builds up a church NUMERICALLY through Gospel preaching. (Acts 8:5-12,26-40; 21:8.) He is a “Gospeller” – or a missionary.

  1. Pastors And Teachers

A Pastor primarily builds up an established church SPIRITUALLY through preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27,28; I Peter 5:1-3.)

According to Ephesians 2:20, the temporary offices of apostles and prophets were FOUNDATIONAL – whereas the permanent offices of evangelist and pastors and teachers are FUNCTIONAL. (These offices are not mutually exclusive – a pastor is to “do the work of an evangelist.” – II Timothy 4:5.)

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