The Growth of a Christian

TEXT: 1 Pet. 1:22 - - 2:2

INTRODUCTION:

A. THE FIGURE - BEGOTTEN AGAIN, BORN OF WATER & SPIRIT.

B. THIS PRODUCES "BABES IN CHRIST" WHO LONG FOR MILE( 1 Pet. 2:2 ).

C. WHAT ALL DOES IT TAKE FOR US TO GROW AND BE HEALTHY? THE

IS A PARALLEL BETWEEN THE SPIRITUAL AND THE PHYSICAL.

I. BABIES EAT - SPIRITUAL MILK WITHOUT GUILE.

A. WHAT IS SPIRITUAL MILK? kjv => "SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD."

1. A complete diet( 2 Tim. 3:16-17 ).

2. Life-giving( 2 Tim. 1:10 ).

B. THE MILK? FIRST PRINCIPLES( Heb. 5:12-13; 6:1-2 ).

1. Can't live forever on milk, must have solid food( Heb. 5:12--6:3 ).

2. Ulcerous carnality sometimes calls for "baby-food"( 1 Cor. 3:1-3 ).

C. THE MILK MUST BE WITHOUT GUILE - PURE.

1. kjv "sincere milk of the word."

2. Greek, adolos, "pure, unadulterated"( Vine ).

3. Contains no error( 1 Cor. 4:6; 2 John 9; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Tim. 4:3-4 ).

II. BABIES ELIMINATE POISON - WE ELIMINATE SIN.

A. "PUT AWAY" PASSAGES( 1 Pet. 2:1; James 1:21-22; Col. 3:5-10 ).

B. WE MUST PURGE OURSELVES TO BE FIT( 2 Tim. 2:19-22 ).

C. POISONS CAN DISTRACT( Heb. 12:1 ).

D. POISON EVENTUALLY KILLS( Eph. 5:3-6 ).

III. BABIES MUST EXERCISE - WE MUST WORK( 1 Tim. 4:7-8 ).

A. VERY YOUNG CHILDREN ARE EAGER TO WORK( Titus 3:1 ).

B. WE EXERCISE TO DISCERN GOOD AND EVIL( Heb. 5:14 ).

C. WE EXERCISE TO MAINTAIN PURITY OF LIFE( 1 Tim. 4:7 ).

D. WE EXERCISE TO TEACH OTHERS( Heb. 5:12, 14; 2 Tim. 2:15 ).

E. Phil. 2:12-16. GOD WORKS THROUGH US.

IV. BABIES GET SICK - SO DO WE.

A. BAD DIET - FAILURE TO ELIMINATE - LACK OF EXERCISE.

B. GERMS( 1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:11; 2 Cor. 6:17-7:1 ).

C. ONE CAN BE SICK AND NOT KNOW IT( Rev. 3:17-19 ).

D. NEED FOR INTROSPECTION( 2 Cor. 13:5 ).

1. The word is the standard( James 1:22-25 ).

2. We can know if we are well, and we can get well( 1 John 2:3-6 ).

CONCLUSION:

A. HAVE YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN?

B. ARE YOU GROWING AS YOU SHOULD?

C. IS THERE SPIRITUAL ILLNESS?