Quarter’s Theme: Discovering Spiritual Maturity
Unit 1 Theme: Spiritual Maturity Process (Lessons 1-3)
Sunday 14/12/ 2014
THE LAWS OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY (PART 1)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 350, 433
Devotional Reading: Eph. 3:14-21
Topic For Adults
DEEPER AND HIGHER IN CHRIST
Topic For Youths
UNTIL CHRIST IS FORMED IN YOU
Topic For Intermediates
STICK TO GOD’S LAW
GAL 2:20; 4:19; HEB. 5:12-13; 1 TIM. 4:6-8; 2 COR. 3:18; MATT. 7:24-27
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Ps 92:12) NKJV.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Crucifying The Carnal Nature
After giving one’s life to Jesus, the natural self, which was under the control of sin, will want to rise and dominate. Spiritual maturity is demonstrated by crucifying this natural self, also known as the carnal nature. As long as a person gives free rein to his carnal nature, he cannot grow spiritually, because the carnal nature and the spiritual nature are enemies. The carnal man cannot please God. Jesus did not give room for His carnal nature to operate. He was tempted the same way as we are, yet without sinning. We should imitate Paul who was able to say “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Gal. 2:20. Many remain spiritual babes because they refuse to crucify the carnal nature. Is your carnal nature still ruling your desires and tastes?
Point of Emphasis: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth. Do not let sin reign over you.
Prayer Point: Father, give me total victory over the flesh, which wants to rule over me.
CRUCIFIER LA NATURE CHARNELLE
RO. 8 :1-11
Axe de prière : Père, accorde-moi la victoire totale sur la chair qui veut régner sur moi.