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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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The Road to Godliness Is One of Discipline
Hebrews 6:1-3
2 Peter 3:18

Intro:
                        Last Sunday we talked about the biblical words Christian and disciple. According to the Scripture there is there is no difference between Christian and disciple.  Words like servant, disciple, follower, are biblically interchangeable with Christian. Discipleship our Christian walk is an ongoing process that why Jesus gives the command “go make disciples.”   Discipleship is all about growing.  Discipleship was never meant to be an add on program that the church is offering.
But in the 20th and 21st century church we have developed just that discipleship seems to be something beyond being a Christian.  Biblically speaking we should never separate being a Christian and being a disciple.  Discipleship is what Christ is calling us to.  We are in an ongoing process of becoming a disciple – being a Christian, being a disciple is a never ending process of growing and maturing in our faith.  So let’s take a closer look at what that means.   

Hebrews 6:1-3 (NIV)
1  Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,        2  instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

Hebrews 6:1 (The Message)
So come on, let's leave the preschool finger painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art.  Grow up in Christ. 

2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
    But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

            Babies are cute; they are cuddly; they can do no wrong even when they are wrong.  We love them.  We laugh when they make faces.  We're alarmed at the first sign of a fever.  We overlook their inappropriate behaviors; thinking it is cute when they say “see food” and open their mouth which is full of food. But there is one thing that is for certain: As much as we love these little ones, we don't want them to stay babies forever.  There are only so many times we want to change diapers or clean up messes on the kitchen floor.  We want those darling babies to grow up.

            Neither does Christ want us to remain as infants.

            We get real excited about spiritual birth.  We overlook their faults in the beginning and we answer their never-ending questions.  We want them to drink in the milk of the Word so they might grow. 

 

  1. That is a strange way of putting it - eating the Word of God.  But really is that strange?  Why should we not crave the right spiritual food?  Doctors tell us that we need to drink water and eat a balanced diet. 

 

 

  1. Chicken or Krispy Kremes - I know how good Krispy Kremes taste – we can’t make a diet of junk food and think we are going to be healthy physically or spiritually.  I think many Christians are eating fast food and junk food to get their nourishment – we need a better diet.

 

 

  1. We need to be careful that we don't rely totally on the teachings of others without studying the Word ourselves - that includes relying totally on this preacher’s words.

 

 

  1. There are 5 main ingredients we need to look at when we read the Scripture:
  1. If I were Satan my first line of defense would be to interfere with a believers’ study of the Word.   If we are not eating right spiritually because we haven't dined on the Word we are more apt to fall into temptation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:
His One Mistake”
He brushed his teeth twice a day. The doctor examined him twice a year. He wore water proofed shoes when it rained. He slept with the windows opened. He stuck to a diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. He golfed—but never more than 18 holes at a time. He got at least 8 hours of sleep every night. He never smoked, drank, or lost his temper. He exercised every day. He was all set to live to be 100. The funeral will be Wednesday. He was only 63. He is survived by 18 specialists, 4 health institutions, 6 gymnasiums, and numerous manufacturers of health foods and drugs. He remembered everything, but he forgot God! We need to be spiritual fit as well as physically fit.

If you want to be spiritual fit – proper diet and the right exercises will make you spiritual fit.


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