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The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

When you think of spiritually mature individuals, what comes to mind? As we continue in our sermon series 1 Corinthians, Timothy Ateek walks us through the miracle of spiritual growth by showing us four realities of the Spirit, the result of the Spirit, and a right response to the Spirit.

Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022

In This Series (11)
Fighting For Your Marriage | 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 22, 2022
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022

Summary

When you think of spiritually mature individuals, what comes to mind? As we continue in our sermon series 1 Corinthians, Timothy Ateek walks us through the miracle of spiritual growth by showing us four realities of the Spirit, the result of the Spirit, and a right response to the Spirit.

Key Takeaways

  • Spiritual growth and maturity are impossible apart from a miracle from God.
  • Sanctification can be understood by looking at the realities of the Spirit, the result of the Spirit, and the right response to the Spirit.
  • Four realities of the Spirit: The Spirit orchestrates conversion (1 Corinthians 2:1-10a); The Spirit is God and knows God fully (1 Corinthians 2:10b-11); The Spirit indwells every believer (1 Corinthians 2:12); The Spirit cultivates understanding and application of spiritual truth (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
  • Our faith exists today because of the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • You are a Christian not because of anything you did, but because you heard the gospel, and the Spirit of God did a work inside of you.
  • True wisdom that brings salvation and transforms your life doesn’t originate from man (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).
  • Spiritual sight: the possibility of having eyes and not seeing.
  • If a Christian’s life makes perfect sense to an unbeliever, something is terribly wrong.
  • We have the mind of Christ, and that should change everything (Romans 12:2).
  • Thoughts drive feelings, and feelings drive actions.
  • Spiritual maturity is simply thinking how God thinks.
  • The goal isn’t activity but availability.
  • Three things to remember when being available to God: sit with Him, ask of Him, and surrender to Him.
  • We often operate like orphans seeking acceptance and approval rather than living like Christ’s cross declares that we are already accepted and approved by God.
  • The gospel is not a means of transportation but a means of transformation.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • In what ways have you attempted to attain spiritual maturity and growth from your own efforts, and how can you rest in the power of the Holy Spirit instead?
  • When you are struggling with sin, what are some questions you can ask yourself to help you better understand how God would think about your situation?
  • When can you set aside some time to sit with Him, ask of Him, and surrender to Him?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; John 1:14; Romans 11:33-34; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:2