6)4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. 7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. 8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it. 9 Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. 10 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers,[a] as you still do. 11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
Christians, Grow up and Graduate
THESE ARE TWO GUYS HANGING, NOTPARENT & CHILD (same for future pics) Dude! You can totally make that jump! I think I’m going to spit up!
Grow Up and Graduate Babies come into their new world not talking but babbling. But it’s socially ok. Why? Answer: ?
Grow Up and Graduate Babies come into their new world not talking but babbling. But it’s socially ok. Why? Answer: Because they’re babies!
Grow Up and Graduate 8th graders are not expected to know calculus, but they should be masters of addition
Grow Up and Graduate A healthy 50 year old may not be rich, but should know how to take care of her or himself
Grow Up and Graduate A talking 6-month old or an 8th grade calculus master are rare but admired traits It’s encouraging when a young one acts positively beyond one’s years
I wonder if I can get my diaper rash cream cheaper on eBay…?Here’s asmart babyworking acomputer…way beyondhis years.
Grow Up and Graduate But how do we view the opposite…?
Here’s aWHOA! Wild time grown manGraduate and Growin the treehouse Up hanging outlast night huh bro?! with a baby, playing baby games. *Ugh* I shouldn’ta drank that whole bottle…
Here’s agrown woman See the Ring Poptaunting a Cindy?! Bobbybaby like a DOES like mechild better than you!
I wasn’t really givingyou a present. Justwanted you to pull mygift-wrapped finger! What about this senior toying with the children instead of eating his food and talking to the other adults?
Grow Up and Graduate It is a sad sight when one does not act their age An 8th grader who can’t add A completely healthy adult woman who crawls outside instead of walk A completely healthy 50 year old man who does not know how to take care of himself, work, be responsible, feed himself, etc. Do you like to hang out with and act like those much younger than you?
Grow Up and Graduate If that’s the case, why do so many Christians do the same thing spiritually?
Grow Up and Graduate When you accept the Gospel you are a new creation Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor. 5:17
Grow Up and Graduate At that point you graduate spiritually from your old life But like a student going from high school to college you become a fresh-man
Grow Up and Graduate Test: You’re a college FRESHman on scholarship. If you graduate your parents will give you your massive lifetime inheritance. If not you lose your scholarship and get kicked out of your home. What would you do?
Grow Up and Graduate Test: What would you do? A. Rarely study and go play on the middle school monkey bars with the other kids B. Study once or twice a week and just do what it takes pass (shoot to get at least a D-) C. Study daily, participate in study groups, see the teacher in office hours, don’t go to parties that will hurt your chances pass tests.
Grow Up and GraduateA. Such students will fail and get kicked out of school.B. A scholarship requires a good GPA. C’s or less means losing it and getting a loan or job to pay tuition. Also makes it harder to study & graduate.C. Such a student will pass and receive their inheritance. Would also be financially better than the passing, in debt (B.) students.
Grow Up and Graduate While many say they would be the student described in (C.) most seem to live the spiritual lives of (A.) and (B.) By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16
Grow Up and GraduateA. Ungodly (Cold) [who play & get drunk in the monkey *bars*]B. “Part-time” Christians (Lukewarm)C. Repentant Believers (On FIRE for God)
Grow Up and Graduate If we want to graduate and receive our inheritance in Heaven we must stop living & acting like we did before Christ
Grow Up and Graduate Stop living the old, immature life: Living in sin (Breaking commandments, hating, dishonoring parents, lying, etc.) Walking in the flesh (Having addictions, inputting ungodly entertainment, sexual immorality, etc.) Hanging around other people and places that encourage us to do any of the above
Grow Up and Graduate Start being mature, disciplined and responsible: Living in holiness (Keeping commandments, loving, blessing enemies, spreading G.N.A.C., etc.) Walking in the spirit (Read the Bible, pray, church, input Godly entertainment, etc.) Hanging around other people and places that encourage us to do all of the above
Grow Up and Graduate As Christians we are not supposed to be spiritual babies forever but rather grow up When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. (1 Cor. 13:11) Don’t stay a big baby Christian! GROW UP!
Grow Up and Graduate The scripture writer told the Hebrews the same thing after giving them details about the Gospel (again) (Hebrews 5:11-6:12)
5) 11 There is much more we would like to say about this, butit is difficult to explain, especially since you are spirituallydull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers solong now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, youneed someone to teach you again the basic things about God’sword.You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solidfood. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant anddoesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for thosewho are mature, who through training have the skill torecognize the difference between right and wrong. 6) 1 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christagain and again. Let us go on instead and become mature inour understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again withthe fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds andplacing our faith in God. 2 You don’t need further instructionabout baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of thedead, and eternal judgment. 3 And so, God willing, we willmove forward to further understanding. (Hebrews 5:11-6:3 NLT)
Grow Up and Graduate Life is a test, you get one chance to pass You can’t expect to pass with flying colors if you don’t study the guide regularly (The Bible) and avoid anti-learning environments
Grow Up and Graduate Without studying you’ll fail the pop quizzes and practice tests. Don’t make it harder on yourself to graduate!Recall Matthew 7:24-27. Those who hear Christ’s words and do them are wise andbuild their house on solid rock. Rain, floods, wind come but it won’t collapse.Foolish hear but don’t listen, building on sand and collapsing when trouble comes.
Grow Up and Graduate When will YOU break the routine, start reading scripture daily, and stop falling to the same sins? Today is here, but “some day” may never come
Grow Up and Graduate If you don’t break the chain the chain may break you…
Grow Up and Graduate Christ wants you to grow up and graduate He provides you with a free scholarship (gift of salvation) office hours (prayer, available 24/7) a study guide (scripture) study groups (church, bible studies, and Godly fellowship) and has an inheritance waiting for you (Heaven!) Don’t miss out on Heaven for monkey bars