IMMATURE CHRISTIANS-Part One
1 Cor. 3:1-2
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly.
Over the years we have been around carnal, immature Christians. When a person has only been born again for a few years, it is easy to accept and understand them being babes in Christ. What can be hard to deal with is people who have been Christians for several years (some for over 10 years) and they still are carnal, immature, and act like babes in Christ. This series of nuggets is going to address the issue of Immature Christians.
When Apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians he was writing to the church in Corinth. It was a church where individuals were walking in the spiritual gifts. They were operating in the gifts of healing, miracles, faith and much more. However, at the same time they were getting drunk at the Lord's Supper, not walking in love, there was sexual immorality, and much more. That is why Paul called them babes. He said they were fleshly.
Many individuals who call themselves Christians are walking in immaturity and carnality. We are not just talking about people who are backslidden. We are talking about individuals who attend church every week and may even be involved in church leadership. It is time for individuals who have been Christians for years to mature-to grow up and stop being babes.
In this series we will be speaking on "Getting off the Bottle, "Getting out of the Diapers", "Get the Training Wheels Off the Bike", "Becoming an Adult and Having Grandchildren". These will be hard heating nuggets at times. It is time for some to start eating 'solid food'.
Like all our other hard hitting nuggets, we want to remind you that our God is merciful and gracious and "there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus". However, God does call us to repentance when we are convicted by the Holy Spirit.
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