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There are many in our pews who have put in the time and have been to endless meetings; they know the jargon and know their way around church politics, but they are not mature. I would even dare to say that there are pastors who have put in thirty years of ministry who are not the least bit mature. On the other hand, I have known some very mature teenagers.


Maturity can be measured. It can also be misconstrued. People often think they are mature when they are not. They want positions and expect preferential treatment, but they are not ready for it. They tend to measure maturity by time or tenure—time spent in the pew and tenure because they waited in line for it—but that is not how we should measure maturity. Jesus measured it by how we respond to the conflicts He listed in Matthew chapters 5, 6, 7.


In this booklet we ask the question “How mature are you?” and then look for ways for you to evaluate your maturity.

What Jesus Said About Maturity

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