Spirituality 101


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Spirituality 101

  1. 1. Spirituality Exemplified in the Christian Life
  2. 2. The Christian Is To Be A Renewed Individual: • 1 Peter 2:5 You are = living stones, a spiritual house… offer up spiritual sacrifices to God • We must exemplify this renewal! • 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. • Eph. 4:23 “be renewed in the spirit of your mind” • Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
  3. 3. What Is Spirituality? • Defined: “the state of a soul vitalized by the Divine Spirit and made alive unto God. It covers the entire range of man’s faculties: intellect, feeling, will – all the attributes of personality” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). • “Sensitivity or commitment to religious values and sacred matters” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary).
  4. 4. What Is Spirituality? • Spirituality is a person that is marked by stability and maturity in living by God’s Spirit! –Galatians 6:1 “…who are spiritual” –Carnality is just the opposite of “Spirituality”. –Some Christians are carnal minded and not spiritual minded. 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
  5. 5. • Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words on “the spiritual state”: What Is Spirituality? “The spiritual state is reached by diligence in the word of God and in prayer; it is maintained by obedience and self-judgment. Such as are led by the Spirit are spiritual, but of course, spirituality is not a fixed or absolute condition, it admits of growth; indeed growth in ‘the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,’ (2 Peter 3:18), is evidence of true spirituality.”
  6. 6. • Spirituality is a growing process that begins with the new birth. John 3:6; 4:24 • Spirituality is that driving force of maturing Christians! Romans 8:2-11 – Maturing means becoming more spiritual, more directed by God’s Spirit and more focused on the spiritual things of life instead of the physical things. Philippians 1:8-11 What Is Spirituality?
  7. 7. Three Ramifications of Spirituality • Spirituality takes time to achieve - 1 Corinthians 14:20; Ephesians 4:13-15 • Time alone does NOT accomplish it – unless we yield our wills to the Holy Spirit! Hebrews 5:12-14 • There are various stages of Spirituality – no one ever reaches a plane where he cannot grow further. Philippians 3:13-14
  8. 8. Characteristics of the Spiritual Man • One recognizes they are truly “reborn,” & doesn’t live purely in the physical, fleshly, carnal realm but lives for his eternal spirit & life. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 – Jesus shows Peter the difference between the spiritual and carnal man in Matthew 16:21-23 • The spiritual man is directed by the Spirit of God – Ephesians 5:18 • The spiritual man continues to mature. 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Timothy 4:15
  9. 9. • The spiritual man will manifest Christ in his character – Galatians 5:22-23 – Imitation of Christ is the key… Romans 8:29; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6 • Spirituality is reflected in one’s attitude. – They’ve put on an attitude of preparation: • Prepared for classes, etc. Titus 3:1-2 – Exhibit a spirit of thankfulness in their life Ephesians 5:18-21 – As a result action will be evident in those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Characteristics of the Spiritual Man
  10. 10. Application: •Church members who make problems or insist on being catered to are not spiritual. 1 Cor. 3:1-4 •Those who care about & promote the welfare & unity of Christ’s body the church are spiritual. •Caring for the brethren, helping brethren & drawing brethren back to God when they leave is the work of mature spiritual Christians. Gal. 6:1-2 •If we were more spiritual, we would let God’s word direct every aspect of our lives and not view Christian service as simply a matter of, “going to church”.
  11. 11. Conclusion: • May we all commit ourselves to becoming more spiritual people! • 1 Peter 2:4-5 “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.
  12. 12. Have you heard that Jesus died for your sins so you can have eternal life? • To be saved you must obey the Gospel Plan of Salvation… 1 Cor. 15:1-4 • Hear – Acts 18:8 • Believe – Acts 16:31 • Repent – Acts 3:19 • Confess – Acts 8:37 • Be baptized – Acts 2:38