7.1. Study Material

Précis and Class Outcome:  

A healthy organism wiggles and grows. Personal growth must never stop. The alternative is stagnation in its ultimate form. From the point of stagnation, decline begins and ultimately ends in death and decay. This class points out the areas of growth needed to achieve full maturity. Make a study of the signs of health in Jeremiah 17:7-8. After this class, you should be able to recognize areas of needed growth in your life. 

Text:   (Psalms 1:1-4)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so … 

Body:   

7.1   Three Characteristics Of Maturity  – The picture of a healthy plant

                  Maturity

1.  Bloom  – Color, beauty, fragrance

2.  Fruit – Sustenance, supply

3.  Seed – Reproduction, replication 

7.2 The Need For Nurturance To Prevent Arrested Development – Luke 13:34

NURTURANCE is essential for growth to maturity [bloom, fruit and seed]. A plant requires nurturance; water, light, food, climate control and protection. For growth to maturity, a person requires similar nurturance. At that very place in the developmental stage where nurturance is denied, DEVELOPMENT IS STOPPED or ARRESTED! Arrested development (immaturity) is the leading cause for a host of disorders that are emotional and psychological, physical and personal, interpersonal and relational, vocational and financial in nature. When nurturance is withheld, growth ceases and maturity is never reached. Luke 2:52 illustrates the need for continued growth in four areas: And Jesus increased in wisdom [mentally] and stature [physically], and in favor with God [spiritually] and man [socially]. Immaturity is unacceptable (Matt. 21:18-19)

Jesus grew … [Note the emphasis] Mentally – Physically – Spiritually – Socially

On a scale from 1 (underdeveloped) to 10 (Fully mature), where do you stand?

BODY – Physical development                                                                          X                    

SOUL – Mental, Emotional development           X                                                                             

SPIRIT – Spiritual development               X                                                                    

INTERPERSONAL – Social development                                                      X                              

  ●  Stages of development  –        1      2        3        4         5         6         7         8        9     10
✔  My development was a case of misdirected priorities.    YES __   NO __      (Isaiah 41:10)