Pastors are Failing to Mature Christians
Get off the MILK and on the MEAT!
How to Grow in Christ Series #17
Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how to begin maturing in Christ by growing in New Covenant theology
and not holding on to Old Covenant theology.
“Continuity” Covenant Theology Versus “Dis-Continuity” Dispensational Theology
As a pastor, I have sat under other pastors in the past and as a member of their congregations I finally realized that I could not
grow under their ministry, because these men were not mature in Christ.
A favorite maxim of mine is:
you can’t impart what you don’t possess.
If a pastor has not got off of the milk of the Word on to the meat of the Word, then his ministry can’t grow beyond
his own personal growth in Christ.
It breaks my heart to meet Christians that have been saved for many years, however, they are still on the milk of the Word.
They don’t know that they don’t know;
they live impoverished Christian lives because they are under pastors that are not capable of maturing them in the Word.
The Word of God is very clear concerning the importance of Christians becoming mature in Christ.
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles
of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Heb 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses
exercised to discern both good and evil.
Heb 6:1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection,
not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Col 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present
every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Col 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Eph 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the
effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
From these Scriptures we can see that God wants every Christian to become mature in Christ.