Maturing in Christ Takes Time
By Scarlett Stough
Please read the women in Christ commentary
on Martha to prepare for the study. Martha:
Sister in Christ
Part I Martha’s correction
Read Luke 10:38-42. Who is named as the one who opened her home to Jesus? What was Mary doing and why was it a better choice? Why did Jesus correct Martha? What could Martha have done differently so she could have spent more time learning from Jesus? (Hint: Notice that Jesus said that only one thing was necessary.)
Read Hebrews 12:4-13. Note that Paul is
quoting from Proverbs 3:11-12. Why does God discipline his children? What
is the end result?
Part II Martha’s strengths
Read III John 5-8; I Kings 17:9-24; II Kings 4:8-10; Titus 1:8; Romans 12:13: John 12:1-2. These are references to the kind of hospitality that Martha and Mary practiced.
Read John 11:17-44 What did Martha say
that reveals her faith? What did Jesus say to encourage her?
Part III Maturing in Christ takes time
Read Romans 12:3-9; 14:4, 9-13, 17-19. Think about these scriptures in relation to judging other people without considering all the factors involved. Write down all the admonitions. In your prayer and meditations, consider how to apply these to your life.
Read Ephesians 4:11-16. Does Christian maturity occur all at once? What do you see in these verses that bring God’s people to maturity?
Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Where can we go for
help to get us through all our troubles and problems as we continue to
grow up in Christ?
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