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Friday, May 1, 2015

Dawson Trotman's Simple Approach to Making Disciples

The Road to Christian Maturity

Presented at the CMTA Conference 2015

How do you grow in spiritual maturity and help others to grow? It’s like rolling a wheel. Dawson Trotman helped thousands and thousands of believers to grow by teaching them the following principles.

1.   The Hub of the Christian life is Christ.  Gal 2:20; Phil 1:21

2.   The 4 spokes of the Christian life are:

Bible Learning: Memorize Joshua 1:8
Learning the Scripture is to the Christian what eating is to a newborn babe.
1st        Commit yourself to learning the Word, Acts 2:40-42; Heb 5:11-14
2nd       Live a life that illustrates the Word, 1 Tim 4:12b
3rd        Teach others what God has taught you, Deut 5:1

1st        Learn to rely upon God in everything by praying, Phil 4:6
2nd       Learn to commune with God by praying always, 1 Thess 5:17
3rd        Learn to pray with others, Acts 4:31; 12:12

1st        Commit yourself to being with God’s people for corporate worship, Heb 10:24-25
2nd       Commit to being an active part of the Lighthouse groups, Acts 2:42
3rd        Invite people to your home. Call people. Hang out with CFBC members, Acts 2:46

1st        Look at people the way God does as hell bound sinners, Romans 9:1-3
2nd       Be confident that the Gospel saves, Rom 1:16
3rd        Learn how to share the Gospel, Matt 4:19
4th        Become a faithful witness of the Gospel, Acts 1:8

3.     The Tire that enables the wheel to roll is Spirit-filled obedience, Gal 5:16; 2 Cor 3:18.

The path to spiritual maturity is filled with steep hills to climb and deep valleys to pass through. However, you will continue to progress towards spiritual maturity if you keep all of these foundational elements in your life. Your life will keep rolling like a wheel toward greater and greater Christ-likeness. And if you faithfully encourage others to apply these same spiritual disciplines then their lives too will keep growing in Christ-likeness.