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The Five Steps of Spiritual Maturity in Student Ministry

Encouraging, equipping, and motivating students to grow in their intimacy with Jesus is one of the greatest responsibilities and joys for youth workers. Spiritual maturity happens when we focus our lives more and more on Jesus, and become like him. A key to helping teens develop in Christian maturity is to identify where they are in their walk with Jesus, then help them take the next step. The five steps of spiritual maturity look like this: Continue reading

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The Gospel Says You Can’t Do It, And How That’s Good News

“If I am to be like him, then God in His grace must do it, and the sooner I come to recognize it the sooner I will be delivered from another form of bondage. Throw down every endeavor and say, I cannot do it, the more I try the farther I get from his likeness. What shall I do? Ah, the Holy Spirit says, you cannot do it; just withdraw; come out of it. You have been in the arena, you have been endeavoring, come out and sit down, and as you sit there behold Him, look at Him. Don’t try to be like Him, just look at Him. Just be occupied with Him. Forget about trying to be like Him. Instead of letting that fill your mind and heart, let Him fill it. Just behold him, look upon Him through the Word. Come to the Word for one purpose and that is to meet the Lord. Not to get your mind crammed full of things about the sacred Word, but come to it to meet the Lord. Make it to be a medium, not of biblical scholarship, but fellowship with Christ. Behold the Lord.”
~Norman Douty