As Jesus journeys resolutely toward Jerusalem and his destiny, he encounters several people who ask him questions. Most of these prove to be distractions. When we focus on our hostility toward people who reject Jesus, determining who is "in" or "out", or our anger toward sinners who repent, we are not focusing on following Jesus in discipleship. So Jesus directs our attention to the real question of discipleship--how do we find our salvation in him?
The meaning of resurrection is new life. Our risen Lord calls us to follow him by "going and telling" about the good news available through him.
In Colossians 2, Paul teaches that true worship emerges from our identity in Christ. We are fully rooted and established in him. True worship lives out that identity. An example of this is the early church in Acts 2:42-47: they were filled with awe and devotion, shared sacrificially, and were active in their faith.
Maturity is a process of growth. In various letters, the New Testament writers offer these "marks" as identifiers of maturity:
1. Mature people build others up, not themselves (1 Cor. 14).
2. Mature people help others grow; they do not expect to be served (Eph. 4).
3. Mature people leave behind competition and pride to become like Christ (Phil. 3).
4. Mature people understand basic teachings and reproduce themselves by teaching others (Hebrews 5:11-6:3).
5. Conclusion: Mature believers are growing disciples who make other disciples.
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