A Singular Calling

                              Sunday School Lesson
                                 April 19th, 2009

...
The Spiritual Life



   New                                       Mature
  Believer                                   Bel...
What are the
         characteristics of a new
                believer?


Brushy Creek Baptist Church   4999 Old Spartanb...
The New Believer
   • John 3:3

   • 1 Corinthians 3:1

   • 1 Peter 2:2
Brushy Creek Baptist Church   4999 Old Spartanbur...
The New Believer
    “I tell you the truth, no one can
     see the kingdom of God unless
             he is born again.”
...
The New Believer
      “Brothers, I could not address
          you as spiritual, but as
        worldly – mere infants in...
The New Believer
        “Like newborn babies, crave
       spiritual milk, so that by it you
            may grow up in y...
The New Believer
   • Infantile
   • Worldly perspective
   • Hungry



Brushy Creek Baptist Church   4999 Old Spartanburg...
What are the
                  characteristics of a
                   mature believer?


Brushy Creek Baptist Church    4...
The Mature Believer
   • Galatians 5: 22 - 26

   • 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 13

   • James 1: 2 - 15
Brushy Creek Baptist Ch...
The Mature Believer
         “But the fruit of the Spirit is
           love, joy, peace, patience,
              kindness...
The Mature Believer
      “1If I speak in the tongues of men
      and of angels, but have not love, I
       am only a re...
The Mature Believer
    “2If I have the gift of prophesy and
      can fathom all mysteries and all
       knowledge, and ...
The Mature Believer
         “3If I give all I possess to the
         poor and surrender my body
           to the flames...
The Mature Believer
       “4Love is patient, love is kind. It
       does not envy, it does not boast, it
        is not ...
The Mature Believer
      “6Love does not delight in evil but
       rejoices with the truth. 7It always
        protects,...
The Mature Believer
    “8Love never fails. But where there are
        prophesies, they will cease; where
      there are...
The Mature Believer
        “10but when perfection comes, the
       imperfect disappears. 11When I was a
        child, I...
The Mature Believer
          “12Now we see as but a poor
         reflection in a mirror; then we
       shall see face t...
The Mature Believer
    “13And now these three remain:
       faith, hope and love. But the
         greatest of these is ...
The Mature Believer
       “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
         whenever you face trials of many
         kinds, ...
The Mature Believer
   “5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should
      ask God, who gives generously to all
       without f...
The Mature Believer
   “7That man should not think he will
      receive anything from the Lord;
        8
          he is...
The Mature Believer
     “10But the one who is rich should take
       pride in his low position, because he
        will ...
The Mature Believer
          “12Blessed is the man who
        perseveres under trial, because
       when he has stood t...
The Mature Believer
       “13When tempted, no one should
         say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For
         God cannot be t...
The Mature Believer
   “  15
        Then, after desire has conceived,
         it gives birth to sin; and sin,
        wh...
The Spiritual Life



   New                                       Mature
  Believer                                   Bel...
The Mature Believer
   • Character of love
   • Perseveres in trials
   • Prays amidst confusion
   • Eternal perspective
...
Why do people fail to
        grow spiritually from
       being a new believer to a
           mature believer?

Brushy C...
Cultivating Growth
   • Matthew 13: 1 - 8

   • Matthew 13: 18 - 23



Brushy Creek Baptist Church   4999 Old Spartanburg ...
Cultivating Growth
     ”1That same day Jesus went out of the
      house and sat by the lake. 2Such large
       crowds g...
Cultivating Growth
     “4As he was scattering the seed, some
         fell along the path, and the birds
         came an...
Cultivating Growth
        “7Other seed fell among thorns,
         which grew up and choked the
          plants. 8Still ...
Cultivating Growth
     18
       "Listen then to what the parable
          of the sower means: 19When
       anyone hear...
Cultivating Growth
         The one who received the seed
        20

         that fell on rocky places is the
        ma...
Cultivating Growth
       22
          The one who received the seed that fell
         among the thorns is the man who he...
Cultivating Growth


            Why do people fail to
             grow spiritually?


Brushy Creek Baptist Church   4999...
Cultivating Growth
           “There is no one
       righteous, not even one.”

                          Romans 3:10

Br...
How do we make bad soil
    into good soil so that the
     seeds of faith will take
       root and flourish?

Brushy Cre...
Cultivating the Soil
   • Irrigate: Critical to the plant
     becoming established & continued
     growth
   • Fertilize...
What are the ingredients
       necessary to achieve
      spiritual grounding for
        the seeds of faith?

Brushy Cre...
Spiritual Grounding
   • Receiving assurance of salvation
   • Developing a consistent devotional
     life
   • Understan...
Spiritual Grounding


   How can the new believer
       achieve spiritual
         grounding?

Brushy Creek Baptist Churc...
Spiritual Grounding
                                Group
                              Fellowship



                  Pe...
Spiritual Grounding
        Why can’t we just rely upon
       group fellowship and personal
         study to achieve spi...
Cultivating Growth
   19
      Therefore go and make converts of all
                                disciples
       nati...
Christ’s Commission
   •     When they had finished eating,
        15

       Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon
       so...
Cultivating Growth
       16
           Again Jesus said, "Simon son of
            John, do you truly love me?"
         ...
Cultivating Growth
   17
        The third time he said to him, "Simon
             son of John, do you love me?"
        ...
Personal Follow-up
     Personal follow-up: Assuming
     of a one-to-one relationship by
      a mature believer with a n...
Why Personal?
   • The new Christian is vulnerable
   • The new Christian has a tremendous
     potential for change
   • ...
Vulnerability
   • Victory against Satan’s
     deceptions is only to be
     found in the truth of God’s
     word
      ...
Why Personal?
   • The new Christian is vulnerable
   • The new Christian has a tremendous
     potential for change
   • ...
Potential for Change
   • The old has gone, the new has
     come (2 Cor 5:17)
   • Putting off the old self
        –Ephe...
Why Personal?
   • The new Christian is vulnerable
   • The new Christian has a tremendous
     potential for change
   • ...
Disciple Defined
   A disciple is a Christian growing
       in conformity to Christ, is
     achieving fruit in evangelis...
Christ’s Example
   “Follow Me and I will make you
           fishers of men”

                              Matthew 4:19
...
Paul’s Challenge
       “Follow my example, as I follow
             the example of Christ.”
               1 Corinthians ...
Why Personal?
   • The new Christian is vulnerable
   • The new Christian has a tremendous
     potential for change
   • ...
Spiritual Multiplication

   “And the things which you have
    heard from me in the presence
     of many witnesses, (1) ...
Spiritual Multiplication

   “The work of evangelism is
    never complete until the one
    evangelized becomes an
    ev...
Spiritual Multiplication
   Year                       Disciples    Evangelism

   First year                     2       ...
The Spiritual Life



   New                                       Mature
  Believer                                   Bel...
Homework Questions
   • Where am I on the spectrum of
     spiritual growth?
   • Do I believe in the biblical
     exampl...
Questions?



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  1. 1. A Singular Calling Sunday School Lesson April 19th, 2009 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  2. 2. The Spiritual Life New Mature Believer Believer Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  3. 3. What are the characteristics of a new believer? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  4. 4. The New Believer • John 3:3 • 1 Corinthians 3:1 • 1 Peter 2:2 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  5. 5. The New Believer “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  6. 6. The New Believer “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly – mere infants in Christ” 1 Corinthians 3:1 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  7. 7. The New Believer “Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  8. 8. The New Believer • Infantile • Worldly perspective • Hungry Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  9. 9. What are the characteristics of a mature believer? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  10. 10. The Mature Believer • Galatians 5: 22 - 26 • 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 13 • James 1: 2 - 15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  11. 11. The Mature Believer “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self –control” Galatians 5: 22 - 26 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  12. 12. The Mature Believer “1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  13. 13. The Mature Believer “2If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I if I have faith that can move mountains, but I have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  14. 14. The Mature Believer “3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  15. 15. The Mature Believer “4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  16. 16. The Mature Believer “6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  17. 17. The Mature Believer “8Love never fails. But where there are prophesies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  18. 18. The Mature Believer “10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When 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 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  19. 19. The Mature Believer “12Now we see as but a poor reflection in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  20. 20. The Mature Believer “13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  21. 21. The Mature Believer “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything .” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  22. 22. The Mature Believer “5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. .” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  23. 23. The Mature Believer “7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. 9The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  24. 24. The Mature Believer “10But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  25. 25. The Mature Believer “12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  26. 26. The Mature Believer “13When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  27. 27. The Mature Believer “ 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:2-15 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  28. 28. The Spiritual Life New Mature Believer Believer Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  29. 29. The Mature Believer • Character of love • Perseveres in trials • Prays amidst confusion • Eternal perspective • Doesn’t blame God Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  30. 30. Why do people fail to grow spiritually from being a new believer to a mature believer? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  31. 31. Cultivating Growth • Matthew 13: 1 - 8 • Matthew 13: 18 - 23 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  32. 32. Cultivating Growth ”1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.” Matthew 13:1-8 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  33. 33. Cultivating Growth “4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” Matthew 13:1-8 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  34. 34. Cultivating Growth “7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:1-8 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  35. 35. Cultivating Growth 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. Matthew 13:18-23 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  36. 36. Cultivating Growth The one who received the seed 20 that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. Matthew 13:18-23 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  37. 37. Cultivating Growth 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Matthew 13:18-23 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  38. 38. Cultivating Growth Why do people fail to grow spiritually? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  39. 39. Cultivating Growth “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:10 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  40. 40. How do we make bad soil into good soil so that the seeds of faith will take root and flourish? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  41. 41. Cultivating the Soil • Irrigate: Critical to the plant becoming established & continued growth • Fertilize: Compensate for deficiencies • Remove the weeds: Prevent nutrient loss Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  42. 42. What are the ingredients necessary to achieve spiritual grounding for the seeds of faith? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  43. 43. Spiritual Grounding • Receiving assurance of salvation • Developing a consistent devotional life • Understanding the basics of abundant Christian living • Integrating into the life of a local church • Learning to share his faith with others Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  44. 44. Spiritual Grounding How can the new believer achieve spiritual grounding? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  45. 45. Spiritual Grounding Group Fellowship Personal Personal Follow-up Study Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  46. 46. Spiritual Grounding Why can’t we just rely upon group fellowship and personal study to achieve spiritual maturity? Why do WE need to engage in personal follow-up? Matthew 28:19 John 21:15-17 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  47. 47. Cultivating Growth 19 Therefore go and make converts of all disciples nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  48. 48. Christ’s Commission • When they had finished eating, 15 Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." John 21:15-17 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  49. 49. Cultivating Growth 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." John 21:15-17 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  50. 50. Cultivating Growth 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  51. 51. Personal Follow-up Personal follow-up: Assuming of a one-to-one relationship by a mature believer with a new Christian for the purpose of nurturing the new Christian’s spiritual growth. Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  52. 52. Why Personal? • The new Christian is vulnerable • The new Christian has a tremendous potential for change • Disciples are produced most effectively through personal follow-up • Personal follow-up is the most effective way to achieve spiritual multiplication Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  53. 53. Vulnerability • Victory against Satan’s deceptions is only to be found in the truth of God’s word –Matthew 4:1-11 –Luke 4:1-13 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  54. 54. Why Personal? • The new Christian is vulnerable • The new Christian has a tremendous potential for change • Disciples are produced most effectively through personal follow-up • Personal follow-up is the most effective way to achieve spiritual multiplication Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  55. 55. Potential for Change • The old has gone, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17) • Putting off the old self –Ephesians 4 –Colossians 3 • Avoiding developing wrong life patterns Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  56. 56. Why Personal? • The new Christian is vulnerable • The new Christian has a tremendous potential for change • Disciples are produced most effectively through personal follow-up • Personal follow-up is the most effective way to achieve spiritual multiplication Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  57. 57. Disciple Defined A disciple is a Christian growing in conformity to Christ, is achieving fruit in evangelism, and is working in follow-up to conserve his fruit. Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  58. 58. Christ’s Example “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  59. 59. Paul’s Challenge “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice…” Philippians 4:9 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  60. 60. Why Personal? • The new Christian is vulnerable • The new Christian has a tremendous potential for change • Disciples are produced most effectively through personal follow-up • Personal follow-up is the most effective way to achieve spiritual multiplication Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  61. 61. Spiritual Multiplication “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, (1) these entrust to faithful men, (2) who will be able to teach others also.” (3) 2 Timothy 2:2 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  62. 62. Spiritual Multiplication “The work of evangelism is never complete until the one evangelized becomes an evangelizer” -Herschel Hobbs Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  63. 63. Spiritual Multiplication Year Disciples Evangelism First year 2 50 2 years 4 100 4 years 16 400 6 years 64 1600 8 years 256 6400 10 years 1024 27600 Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  64. 64. The Spiritual Life New Mature Believer Believer Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  65. 65. Homework Questions • Where am I on the spectrum of spiritual growth? • Do I believe in the biblical example of spiritual follow-up? • Am I willing to spend the time to be discipled or disciple others and create a spiritual heritage? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC
  66. 66. Questions? Brushy Creek Baptist Church 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC

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