2 Christianity – A Growth Process When we are baptized, we are raised to walk in newness of life.Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.We are babes in Christ.1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.Hebrews 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
3 Christianity – A Growth Process We must desire the pure milk of the word to grow.1 Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,We must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
4 Christianity – A Growth Process One area in which we must exhibit growth is in our knowledge of and carrying out of our responsibilities to our fellow man.Matthew 22:34-40Agapao – love that embraces the judgment and deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety.
5 Our Responsibility To Our Fellow Man: Concern for physical needs
6 Concern For Physical Needs Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-46We should show concern and do good to all menGalatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.Pure religion is to visit widows and orphans in their trouble.James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.This is an individual responsibility – notice the language of the passagesNo authority for the church to help those outside the body of Christ
7 Our Responsibility To Our Fellow Man: Concern for physical needsLive peaceably as much as is within us
8 Live peaceably as much as is within us Romans 12:17-21Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,Matthew 5:38-42Even for our enemies v
9 Our Responsibility To Our Fellow Man: Concern for physical needsLive peaceably as much as is within usSet an example
10 Set An Example Our good works cause God to be glorified. Matthew 5:13-16Our pure living sets us apart and causes them to consider their own behavior1 Peter 4:1-6Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Timothy 6:6-8
11 Our Responsibility To Our Fellow Man: Concern for physical needsLive peaceably as much as is within usSet an exampleWarn them of spiritual danger
12 Warn them of spiritual danger We cannot be so concerned with their physical needs that we leave out their spiritual needs.John 6:26-29Ezekiel 33:7-11, Acts 20:26-27Romans 3:23, 6:23Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
13 Our Responsibility To Our Fellow Man: Concern for physical needsLive peaceably as much as is within usSet an exampleWarn them of spiritual dangerShare the gospel
14 Share the gospel. Matthew 28:18-20 Mark 16:15-16 Romans 1:16 1 Corinthians 1:21Hebrews 11:6, Romans 10:17
15 Obey The Gospel Today! Believe – John 3:16 Repent – Acts 17:30 Confess – Romans 10:10Be Baptized – 1 Peter 3:21Be Faithful – Hebrews 3:12