Hebrews 6:1-8 (KJV)
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Rejecting Christ leads to hopelessness.
What were some of the things that, as a kid, you were excited about that would come with growing up?
How is being a grown up different than what you imagined it to be like as a kid?
Is there a difference between grown up and being mature? What is it?
People sometimes confuse being grown up, which usually refers to physical growth, with maturity. Physical growth occurs naturally. Maturity requires effort. Spiritual maturity is a goal for believers—but not an endpoint. The theme of moving constantly toward spiritual maturity in Christ takes center stage in the Book of Hebrews. If we as believers press on toward maturity in Christ, we’ll rejoice in the way He strengthens us. Those who fall away from devotion to Christ because of life’s difficulties or because of opposition to the faith prove one of two realities. One: they show that they are spiritually immature and thus are easily drawn into disobedience; they need to grow in their faith. Or two: they show by walking away from Christ that they never have truly received salvation in Him; they need to be saved.
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