THE MARKS OF MATURITY

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May. 17, 2020

Sermon Outline

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.