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Time to Grow Up

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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September 1, 2021 8:00 am

Time to Grow Up

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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September 1, 2021 8:00 am

The birth of a baby is amazing, but it's just the beginning of the story. Join Dr. Tony Evans as he explains that the same is true with spiritual "newborns" in this lesson on what it takes to move a Christian from maternity to maturity.

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God is still in the crew. Dr. Tony Evans is the Lord wants to move you beyond where you were first accepted his gift of God's call is all spiritual, it's time to grow, celebrating 40 years of faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative.

We don't expect much from newborn baby. But as they grow toward adulthood, they increasingly demonstrate more responsibility. Likewise, Dr. Evan says God expects us as Christians to become spiritually mature using our growth and wisdom to influence those around us. Let's join him as he explains first step three. The first three verses this is what sets God brother and could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but estimate of flesh as to infants in Christ I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you are not able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not able, for you are fleshly since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and are you not walking like mere men, most of you will remember the sitcom. Different strokes.

It brought a lot of laughter into our lives and into our homes as Arnold and Willis were adopted by Mr. Drummond and they moved from the projects to the penthouse. They started living large. Their environment was totally shifted to another realm. What created the comedy in different strokes was these young boys learning to grow up and live in an environment they were used to.

They brought the thinking the language the perspective of the interface of the bear background into their new environment. Mr. Drummond spent time trying to re-acclimate and reorient them to the more sophisticated style of living that was part of their penthouse reality as they transition from their project history.

Even so, if you have come to Christ, you shifted locations. The Bible is clear that you are no longer part of the kingdom of darkness. You are now part of the kingdom of light, we have entered in the Bible says to the kingdom of his dear son. The problem is one week transferred out of hell to heaven. When we transfer out of the dark kingdom into the kingdom of Christ. We brought out all thinking with us.

Our whole perspective with us.

Our old values with us, but in this new arrangement in this new environment I Jesus Christ is seeking to bring us to a new way of thinking functioning and living based on our new location, but the challenge is, you can be so used to where you came from.

You don't know how to adjust the way you. The Bible calls this process. Spiritual maturity growing up spiritually becoming a spiritual adult and no longer functioning as a carnal kid. Suffice it to say that what God wants his people to do who are his children is to grow up. It's time to grow up. The divine reset that is needed today. Adult Christians because far too many of God's children are still in the crib and I want to challenge us today to grow up.

The goal of the church. According to Paul in Colossians chapter 1 in verse 28 and 29th. We proclaim him, Christ admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose I labor is as my goal in ministry for the church at Colossae.

The church here. The church everywhere is to present every person complete the word completely mature. God's goal is your spiritual maturity, not your church attendance. Maturity is not being emphasized.

If spiritual growth is being marginalized. If we become satisfied with how many folks are in the sea regardless of their spiritual age. We have failed as a church as a ministry, both locally and as the body of Christ. If you say five years or more and you are not spiritual way you look at life through God's lens as a normal way you operate, then you already spiritual infants, a fleshly believer who is missing out on spiritual experience. He said I wish I could speak to your spiritual man, but I can't because you're stagnant. You reject a spiritual perspective.

Let's take this a little deeper, showing Hebrews chapter 5.

He says in verse 11, concerning him. We have much to say. It is hard to explain. Since you have become dull of hearing me pause right. The book of was written some 30 years after Jesus died and rose somebody's Christians have been saved for 30 years and Karen that's five years and he rose somebody's cousins up and say 30 years, and he said all still going.

The Greek word dull of hearing means new. New stubborn novel as you reject the spiritual so you can hear the spiritual summer job been saved for 30 and I want to tell you some deep stuff I want to tell you some stuff that will blow your mind concerning him no because his neck. He says I really want to go. Not only can I not tell you not only would know about because your dollar. I want to show you some stuff that will blow your mind.

You can say 30 years and you still refusing spiritual development love to go deeper with you. I love the show you some stuff that will bring heaven's perspective into your historical personhood into your family into your work into your finances into your interface with the culture that I want to give you some stuff that can reach you but you refuse because your mutants dull of hearing, the receptivity is three makes a complaint he can't do what he wants to go because there still is no single moment baby is go to people. She says for long. By this time somebody say time you get the point you been saved long enough for us not have to go through all this. By this time, so we all 30 years, you ought to be teachers to you been saved long enough to help somebody else you can help yourself know one thing you'll find out about a baby somebody else got you got a baby.

One of the ways you know the baby is developing they can pick up a spoon, the phone and I can think of a spoon because it's too immature by this time you ought to be a teacher you want to be able to bring spiritual impact in the life of somebody else and say five 1015 2025. Some of the dollop of 30 years in the book of Hebrews.

He says, but you need again for somebody to teach you the three principles of the oracles of God and you have come to need milk and not solid food that will get to know all the time baby baby fetal milk because incident she said not only can you not teach.

We need to take you back to the ABC because of the elementary principal. See Spot run MBS for the way we need to take you back to spiritual kindergarten because you refuse to grow spiritually. He goes on, and he says everyone partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness. He isn't infant but solid food is for the mature because of practice have their senses trying to discern good and evil. There is a lot to unpack. Dr. Evans will do just that when he returns with more of our message in a moment but first, today's lesson comes from Tony's brand-new series divine reset is a look at how God gets our attention and helps us refocus our lives helping us overcome the mistakes pain and problems of our past moving forward with greater clarity and purpose in our future.

You learn how to turn confusion and the confidence despair into determination and defeat into victory.

They're all covered in the set of 10 full-length lessons that includes material. We won't have time to bring you on the air. We like to send you a copy of divine reset is our gift when you make a donation to help support our work here on the air, and around the world. This special offer is only available for a few more days, but if we hear from you right away will also include a special bonus. Tony's powerful booklet winning your spiritual battles. A handy pocket reference that will help you push past barriers.

The enemy places in your life. Just visit us for details or call our resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222 Tony will come back with more of today's lesson right after this coming to theaters this November church of the birth of Jesus Christ travel with Dr. Tony heaven since he retraces the life and human journey of the greatest being to ever walk this earth over here in Capernaum place where Jesus did most of his miracles is in this place that he demonstrated he truly is the son of God traveled the streets and synagogues think Jesus one and physical locations were some of the most powerful events recorded in the Bible took place.

I like that much of what we read about ministry in Galilee heaven right here journey with Jesus in theaters November 15, 16th and 17th. Dr. Tony of music Tony locations showtimes spiritual Christians have not used the time to grow spiritually is what keeps you a baby you haven't gotten use to use the word of God to address the issues of life because remember your fleshly so you still operate know what folks think what your mama said what your daddy said was on the television what your friends say and what to think.

So you're not used to using the word of God. No matter how much comes much word you may hear and charge you not used to using it. Not hearing it, you will not become mature by just hearing the Bible preached thought and explain that will not produce maturity. The proof of maturity. Here it is. Here it is. Here it is.

Is your ability to discern the six ability to discern that is your ability to look at things through spiritualized, not just in physical lives we live in a world of glitz and glitter live in a world of shininess we been doing trick because it looks shiny and look good but it was human. It wasn't divine, but unless you have spiritualized you will deserve to look at the extra room and be drawn to it because he says the mature don't just look at things physically, they look at things spiritually look at things through God's eyes.

You can pick up things spiritually like you can pick up things physically but sensitively to be trained, they will just happen. They need to be developed so God wants to help you having your senses trying to tell you what the concept. The concept of the gymnasium football team goes to the training room one football team goes to the training room they go through the playbook. They go to the playbook to learn the plays in this world. Classrooms for the defense of Rome as an offense of Rome this summer breaks out of that to learn the particular play. Right now you're in the training room to learn the play button then they go to the practice field on the practice field.

They practice the plays they learned in class is where the hitmen tackling talk about hitmen tackling. We do not been much of it hit a tackle that we know what you know to play numbers. We all know you know to play. Could you send a man we don't know you don't play because you should, we now know that you don't play because you wave your hand like you just don't give we don't know that you know the play because you said hallelujah praise the Lord and God. Good all the time all… Good. It sounds like you don't play you got your Bible so it looks like you know to play, but the only way we know that you know the place is on the field. So what God does for you to say what you really understand the play he was just put you on the field of life where you have to make decisions, and when he put you on the field of life through trials and troubles and difficulties and challenges do you want to God's word. Do you want God's perspective. Do you act on what it says you go to the human way of doing the second way of doing it the non-Christian way of doing it. Then God says you can learn the place could you not accustomed to using the word of practice you talk if you agree with it but until you do it on the practice field. You don't know it yet. Okay, now here's the big is the final one. This is the thing back up in verse five he says, so also Christ did not glorify himself so as to become a high priest, but he said to him you are my son, today I have begotten you just as he says also in another passage.

You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Verse 10 be designated by God, please. According to the order of a deck. So who is Melchizedek and why does it matter in Genesis chapter 14 and has been involved in a battle in the fight he comes back and is now the Mercedes-Benz ML King of Salem brought out bread and wine all over Britain was the snow like today is a high priest of the most high God. But he's also a king of sale. Sale means peace, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is peace here for King and asked him and said that's to be able of God most high.

Okay what a blast.

Abraham so Mount is the priest who brings blessing to Abraham against the Bible says you and the seed of Abraham. He says that's to be able of God most high possessor of heaven. Jesus Christ only thought is been given to me in heaven and on earth and blasphemy of God most high, who has delivered you and your hands. That is, Abraham gave him 1/10 of all the time about Abraham is been identified is been about one can read in the preceding verses and God most high has given him victory, but even the five when he comes back to me. It's not Catholic priest coming out of the fight blessing to give them Brandon why because he's been in a fight you will see the following bombs and go into another fight with the king of 15 he's gone to another fight between the two sites he runs into the high priest blesses him, give him bread and wine to strengthen him because again I go to another site.

If you are serious Christian last week he went to fight serious Christian you know fight the robotic reject the new nobodies jinxed you, you just going along with the crowd you are running into some fight sometimes in your family sometimes you will run into some stuff.

Sometimes that can make you wary last week, but now this week by coming up you know about yet is not you looking for a fight trying to find the fight trying to be unified. Just because the world is against you. So between last week's five and six weeks by some bread.

You need to be refreshed and empowered strengthen with the blessing of God to help you deal with what it looks like when you're mature Christian says I want to tell you about my Wife because Jesus is after the order of a deck because he brings to us the strength for spiritual living in the secular society by the bread and wine of his communion with us so that we can go and fight and watch him overrule Marcello L Jan make the final decision. The reason why you want to be what to say this because that mean the circumstances don't have the final decision. Your balls don't have the final decision situation and the culture that now the final decision because you will all note to the mature sites of God under the priesthood of Christ who commits you battles of life.

Somebody ought to be wanting to be a mature, so that God can give wants to give able to receive so you go battle to a Christian because you will be living by divine insight and that secular perspective Dr. Tony Evans on the importance of moving beyond spiritual infancy and there's more to today's message than we are able to bring you on the air but is always full-length copies are available.

Just check with us for information on the title. Time to grow up or better yet, ask about getting a copy of Tony's complete new series divine reset, a collection of 10 messages that will help you grow past your current spiritual and emotional challenges. Resetting your focus and attention on God and his priorities. As I mentioned earlier, it's yours. With our thanks when you make a donation toward Tony's ministry and will also include a copy of his practical booklet winning your spiritual battles. Visit us to get all the details before time runs out you can make your contribution and your request online again that's Tony ever and start all are a or color 24-hour resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our team members help you again dial 1-800-800-3222. Sometimes it feels like life is hidden so hard we're down for the count and there's no way were getting back to her feet will tomorrow. Dr. Evans will remind us that God is in our corner and he'll lift us up even when nothing else can sure to join the alternative with Dr. Tony have brought to you by the of alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you

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