200 Level – Christian Maturity

200 Level – Section 1

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Text - Levels of Transformation

Levels of Transformation
There are 3 levels of transformation (or change) that every believer should experience:

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Level When? Bible references Who is changed? How? Who is responsible
1. At new birth Ezekiel 36:262 Corinthians 5:17 Your spirit Instantly You and God
2. After new birth Romans 12:1-2Philippians 2:12 Your soul Gradually You and God
3. At the second coming 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Your Body Instantly God

Spiritual maturity is all about transformation at the second level.

Text - What is Spiritual Maturity?

What is Spiritual Maturity? 

Text: Ephesians 4:13-14 

Discussion point: What does spiritual maturity mean to you? 

Spiritual maturity encompasses the following: 

  • Life-long pursuit of being Christ-like in thoughts, words, and actions (Ephesians 4:13, Romans 12:2, Revelations 3:15-16) 
  • Having an intimate experiential knowledge of God (1 John 2:13-14, Hebrews 6:1-3)


Evidence of maturity or attributes of a mature Christian: 

  • Able to clearly hear from God

  • Stability and capacity in the Christian walk

  • Depth of character 
Text - Maturity Habits

Maturity Habits 

What do I do to grow up spiritually? 

  1. No Scripture, No Supper: God’s word is to your spirit man what food is to your natural man (Matthew 4:4, 1Peter 2:2) 
  2. Prayer: Rich and dynamic communication is the live-wire of any relationship (Luke 18:1, James 5: 16)

  3. Fasting: This is necessary for keeping the flesh under to attain different levels in God (1 Corinthians 9:27, Matthew 17: 21, Acts 13:2 )

  4. Soul-winning: It demonstrates the genuineness of your faith to the world and the devil. It is God’s heart-cry and it must be yours as well (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20)

  5. Giving: This is the only proof that all that you have now belong to God. It opens you up to the bountifully abundant blessings of God (Luke 6:38)

  6. Act of Kindness: Organize your life to be a blessing to people who cannot pay you back. This is how to lay up treasures for yourself in heaven (Matthew 5:43-47)

  7. Kingdom Service: This is the only proof that your time and attention now belong to God. It brings a sense of balance and fulfillment to your life as a believer (John 5:17)

  8. An ongoing relationship with the Holy Spirit who is the true agent of change (2 Corinthians 3:6, John 6:63, Philippians 2:12-13)

  9. Being a part of a small family of God’s people which is a conducive environment for transformation (Psalms 68:5- 6, Psalms 133)
Text - Christian Character

Christian Character 

Text: Galatians 5:22-23 

What are the elements of Christian Character (that is, the fruit of the Spirit)? 

  • Love: Divine affection not earned or lost by good or bad deeds (I John 4:7, I Corinthians 13)

  • Joy: Simple gladness that flows from our spirit without any earthly reason (Acts 2:46)

  • Peace: An inner calmness in the soul not based on earthly conditions (Philippians 4:7)

  • Longsuffering or Patience: Enablement from the Holy Spirit to be tolerant of others. It helps us to endure their imperfections with love and hope that God is at work in them

  • Gentleness or Kindness: Having a kind and good disposition towards others. Putting their well-being ahead of our own in our thoughts and attitude towards them (Philippians 2:3)

  • Goodness: Deliberate acts to cater to the needs and desires of others at the expense of ours. It is basically acting out our kindness (Hebrews 13:1-3)

  • Faith: A heartfelt commitment to God and godly things. Reliability and consistency (2 Timothy 2:2)

  • Meekness: Mildness of temper. A humble and quiet mind that makes us teachable. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, James 1:21)

  • Temperance: Ability to discipline (not indulge) the flesh. Being moderate in all things: food, sleep, drink, entertainment, fashion, talking etc (1Corinthians 9:27)

200 Level – Section 2

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Text - The Holy Spirit

 The Holy Spirit (Our Maturing Agent) 

Who is the Holy Spirit? 

  • The third person of the Godhead (1 John 5:7, Luke 3:21, 22)

  • Possesses all the attributes of God. He is omniscient (John 14:26), He is Omnipresent (Psalms 139:7-10), and He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14). Therefore, He is God.

  • He has intellect, will, and emotion. (1 Corinthians 12:11, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:27)

  • The human spirit depends on the Holy Spirit to function effectively in the natural realm (Job 32:8) 
Text - His Works in our Life

His Works in our Life 

  • Represents all that Jesus is, to us (John 14:16)

  • Convicts of sin (John 16:8)

  • Reveals Jesus to us (John 15:26)

  • Teaches us all things (John 14:26)

  • Helps us to pray (Romans 8:26-27)

  • Shows us things to come (John 16:13-14)

  • Reveals our inheritance (1 Corinthians 2:12)

  • Gives us power for service. (Acts 1:8) 
Text - Holy Spirit Baptism

Holy Spirit Baptism 

  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit is receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2)

  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit is meant for all Christians (Act 2:1-4, Acts 19:1-6, Acts 10:44-46)

  • This experience gives us boldness and power to witness (Acts 1:8)

  • It makes prayer more effective (Romans 8:26-27)

  • It makes the release of the gifts of the Spirit possible (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) 
  • It enables a better understanding of the word (John 16:13) 
Text - How to Receive the Holy Spirit

How to Receive the Holy Spirit 

  • You must be born again (Acts 19:1)
  • Ask the Father to give you the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
  • Get someone who is filled already to lay hands on you (Acts 19:4-6)
  • Receive the Holy Spirit by Faith and thank God
  • Open your mouth and begin to speak in tongues (Acts 2:4)

200 Level – Section 3

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Text - Principles of Biblical Stewardship

Principles of Biblical Stewardship 

  • Whatever we have belongs ultimately to God (Matthew 25:14-30)

  • God will not give us more than we can handle

  • We will account for our stewardship 
  • Faithfulness in little things results in promotion (Luke 16:10-12)

  • An unfaithful steward is regarded as wicked and lazy

  • Opportunities are taken away from the unfaithful and given to the faithful

  • Every unfaithful steward will end up in regret 
Text - Areas of Stewardship

Our Finances

  • Tithes and Offerings (Malachi 3:8-10)
  • Sustain and support our families (1 Timothy 5:8)
  • Support special projects in the church (Exodus 25:1-8)
  • Give to the poor (Proverbs 28:27, Ephesians 4:28)
  • Invest your money wisely
  • Prophet Offerings (Galatians 6:6)

Our Gifts

1 Peter 4:10

  • Our natural gifts (Exodus. 31:2-5)
  • Our spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6-7)

Our Time

Ephesians 5:16

  • Our time is our life
  • God gave to each of us in equal measure
  • Measured to us to fulfill God’s purpose (Ecc.3:1, Psalms 90:12)
  • Invest not spend our time
  • Buy up opportunities

Our Bodies

Romans 12:1

  • Give our bodies to God to use (Rom. 6:12-13)
  • Keep our bodies healthy (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
Text - My Maturity Habits Checklist

My Maturity Habits Checklist 

This is a personal checklist and it forms part of the requirements for completing this course. 

Collect a printed copy from your instructor