TODAY’S GUEST: Dr. Gary Gilley has been pastoring at Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois, since 1975. He is author of seven books including This Little Church Went to MarketThis Little Church Stayed Home.

His brand new book is called Growing in Christ: Laying the Foundations of Christian MaturityPastor Gilley also writes at Think on These Things Ministries, which examines important contemporary theological issues and trends.

We discuss a new Barna survey finding 1 in 3 Christians stopped attending online or in-person church services due to COVID-19. Pastor’s perspective on Christian maturity and secular culture; why is the Christian church divided over temporal things such as politics, abortion, Social Justice, and Black Lives Matter? COVID Mask mandates?

Growing in Christ: Laying the Foundations for Christian Maturity (2020, Grace Acres Press) While salvation is wholly a work of the Lord, requiring only faith and not our personal efforts, such is not true of sanctification, or spiritual growth. Rather, both God and the believer play vital, sometimes overlapping roles, in our progress toward maturity. Maturity is the result of human response to the enablement of God. This will help children of God in the process of working out their salvation through the power and energy that God supplies.

And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:40-43

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13


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