Edward F. Lundwall Jr.
Book 6 of Growth of a Faithful - Principles of Maturity
“That the man of God may be perfect (complete),
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Timothy 3:17
In regard to knowledge and character, the mature disciple is to become complete having absorbed all that his teacher has taught. He is to become competent to coach those less proficient than himself. This disciple will be able to absorb the necessary training to be like Timothy---an assistant pastor in the Disciple’s Fellowship.
First, by the carrying the Disciples’ Cross, the mature disciple will have filled his spiritual life with the foundational precepts and glories of the Christ life. This disciple will become able to explain and defend basic doctrines to all who might ask him including cultic teachers (Titus 1:9; 1 Peter 3:15). It must be understood that what is learned from this study will only achieve a basic maturity. There will be much more that can be learned. This study will only be adequate for basic maturity, not exhaustive knowledge. This level will only be sufficient to enable biblical studies on the ministry level, and even there much more that can be learned. To enjoy this level of learning, the contents must be so firmly placed in the mind that they are available as the occasion demands (1 Peter 3:15).
He will learn how to resist satanic attacks by applying the full armor of God to every area of life (Ephesians 6:10-18). He will have adopted the lifestyle of using spiritual weapons to crucify the mind of the flesh and to subordinate every thought to the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5). He will be living Christ’s commands as a lifestyle. When his training is complete on this level, he will be ready to begin training for active Church ministry.
On this level, he will be asked key questions and to restate his answers to the study questions in a group setting. This practices analysis the Scriptures by writing out answers, enabling him to participate in a Disciple’s Fellowship, witness to unbelievers, and encourage ungrounded believers. He will learn about the class members’ needs as revealed from their responses to the various questions. The mature disciple must either know basic truths by memory or have the means to make quick recall. To facilitate quick recall, a Disciple’s Bible Doctrine Notebook is useful for notes and recording favorite Scripture references on specific subject pages containing a brief summary.
This sixth study booklet as well as all the others in the Growth of a Faithful series may be purchased singly for $2.50 or in packages of five for $10.00 by sending a money order or check to the following address:
P.O. Box 735
Rossville, GA 20741
Other Publications by Edward Lundwall
Book 1: Growth of the Faithful (Acceptance of Foundational Precepts)
Book 2: Growth of the Faithful (Principles of Contentment)
Book 3: Growth of the Faithful (Principles of Development)