1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 5

1 Timothy 4

Paul has been admonishing Timothy in how to live as a spiritual leader.
In this final chapter he continues to give advice but moves to a more personal piece of advice.  "Timothy," he says, "train yourself in godliness so that you can be an effective spiritual leader."

Paul tells Timothy that spiritual growth is not automatic - he must go into training to grow.
Spiritual maturity does not correspond with age.  Some people have been Christians for 20 years and are still spiritually immature while others have been Christians for a few years and are very mature. 
Maturity shows itself in the outward actions like our speech, our conduct, our love, faith and purity.
Everyone should be able to attest to our spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity is personal in that we must choose to pursue it, but then spiritual maturity is relational as it happens in the context of fellowship where those around us can help us grow and can see our progress.

Are you maturing?  Can others see your progress? 
Where are you in the spiritual maturity scale? Infant, child, young adult or parent? 
How can you get to the next stage of discipleship?
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