VFC Bible Study Worksheet 04-Jan-2015


Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – January 4, 2015
Theme: Christian Maturity

Topic: Standards for maturity.

Main Text: Hebrews 6:1-12

Key Verse: Hebrews 6:1a – “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…”

Introduction
We tend to judge maturity of people by their reaction to situations: A husband and father goes into a temper tantrum because he can’t get his way in a household. A wife and mother sulks or retreats into minor illness when things don’t go the way she desires. Church members show childish egotism that parades and struts for attention, or dominate others as one child might dominate
another.

Some psychologists say we are mature when we are adjusted to our surroundings or our culture. Many years ago, the Kinsey Report on sexual practices in America depicted the sex standards of contemporary society and concluded that what was being done by most people ought to be seen as the norm. The implication was that the prevailing conditions should be accepted as normal. But the Good News Translation of Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of
this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind…” Taking our ideas of maturity from society will result in immaturity. The standards are too low for those who have eternity in their hearts.

In Ephesians 4:13 Apostle Paul sets the standard for maturity when he wrote: “until we … become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” It is important we grasp this point because it is fundamental to our continued study of this subject: The fullness of Christ is the standard by which the Christian must judge maturity. The infantile behaviours we cited in the first paragraph above are deemed immature – not because society views them as uncivilised, but because they do not conform to the measure of the fullness of Christ. Even though those behaviours would be deemed immature by the standard of the world around us, it does not equate the Christian standards of maturity to the world’s standard.

Maturity goes beyond “the elementary teachings about Christ”. It is about the application of God’s perspective to all aspects of the Christian’s life – the views, thoughts, words, actions and reactions. If a Church teaches only the basic elements of salvation throughout the year, every year, the congregation will not grow to maturity.


Discussion Questions:

1. Read Hebrews 5:12-14. List some Biblical topics or concepts that you would consider to be “milk”, and some you would consider to be “solid food”. In the light of Hebrews 6:1, can we make a general statement as to what constitutes “milk”?

2. Read Colossians 1:25-28. What would you consider to be the characteristics of a local Church that can nurture its members to maturity in Christ? Do you see these in your Church?


Prayer:
Father, guide us as we focus on a standard for maturity. Nothing less than Jesus Christ is high enough. Help me focus on Him as my standard for maturity, in His name I pray. Amen.

{Adapted from January/February 1993 edition of Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes, used by permission of CWR}