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Introducing The Nine Signs of Spiritual Maturity 

We have identified nine characteristics that define a transformed and mature follower of Christ. We hope to use these characteristics, or signs, as mile markers to help us pay attention to the path we’re on. It is important to note that these are all broad simplifications. They’re not meant to be a pass/fail test, but a gauge we check regularly and to know when and where to adjust as we go. Each week we will explore one of these nine signs in depth using a variety of exercises and spiritual disciplines designed to help you evaluate where you’re at and how you can continue growing towards maturity in Christ.

This Week’s Focus: A Mature Disciple Trusts God with Their Finances

It can be easy to look at Jesus’ ministry on Earth and assume that wealth is a negative thing. His life was spent among the poor and His earliest church gave everything they had to each other. The affluent around Him were consistently humbled and encouraged to let go of their possessions. But it is not wealth itself that is the problem. James 1:17 says “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” and financial blessing is a good gift. So it’s not about getting rid of all our money, but about holding it with an open, humbled hand. 

We believe a mature disciple views their financial blessings as a gift from God to be managed responsibly and given freely. We call this stewardship and generosity. For us, this looks like tithing with a joyful heart and investing our resources in God’s kingdom here on Earth.

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