May. 17, 2020
THE MARKS OF MATURITY
Ephesians 4:11-16; James 1:1-4
Introduction:Living in the pandemic is an opportunity to grow in spiritual maturity. An overview of the book of James reveals five specific characteristics of maturity.
I.MATURITY DEVELOPS PERSERVERANCE (James 1:2-4, 12)
A.How Do You React to Problems?
B.Perseverance Is Developed Only Under Stress
II.MATURITY BUILDS PATIENCE (James 5:7-11)
A.Illustration of Farming
B.Waiting on God in Prayer
III.MATURITY MANAGES THE TONGUE (James 1:26; 3:2ff)
A.Self-Control and Tongue Control
B.Negative Talk (Ephesians 4:29)
C.Speak the Truth in Love
IV.MATURITY STRIVES TO MAKE PEACE (James 4:1)
A.How Do You Handle Conflict?
B.How Much Conflict Is There in Your Life?
Selfishness (James 4:1)
judgmentalism (James 4:11-12)
V.MATURITY AIMS FOR LOVE (James 2:8)
A.Love is the “Royal Law”
B.How So You Treat Others Socially “Lower” Than You?
Conclusion:Maturity is not about your level of education, success, or bank account.Stress reveals our character and is an opportunity to grow in character.