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“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

 

Three Markers of Spiritual Maturity

 

Spiritual intimacy

Biblical knowledge

Holy obedience

 

Snow Ball Effect…

Closer to Christ Care More Closer to Christ Care More Closer to Christ

 

Three Truths about Mature Activity:

 

Truth #1: Spiritual actions will interrupt  our schedule

 

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  John 4:7

 

Truth #2: Spiritual actions will cost you

 

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Luke 10:33-35

 

Truth #3: Spiritual actions change lives

 

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42

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