Item description for Spiritual Maturity: Principles of Spiritual Growth for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders...
Overview This guide for those who desire to grow strong spiritually, comes complete with scriptural principles for spiritual development and study questions at the end of the text.
Spiritual maturity is not a level of growth Christians achieve, but the passion to press on in Christ. In these concise chapters, J. Oswald Sanders explores the primary source of continual growth. As we embrace God's providence, hardship, and more, we can move from infancy toward the fruitful maturity we were created to enjoy.
Now, this new edition of "Spiritual Maturity" includes a "For Reflections" section, making it an ideal resource for both individual and group study.
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J. OSWALD SANDERS (1902-1992) was a Christian leader for nearly seventy years and authored more than forty books on the Christian life including The Incomparable Christ, Spiritual Discipleship, Spiritual Leadership, and Spiritual Maturity. He left a promising law practice in his native New Zealand to serve as an instructor and administrator at the Bible College of New Zealand. Dr. Sanders later became general director of the China Inland Mission (now the Overseas Missionary Fellowship), and was instrumental in beginning many new missions projects throughout East Asia.
J. Oswald Sanders was born in 1902 and died in 1992.
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Growing in Christ Mar 12, 2009
Spiritual Maturity is for the person that want to grow in Christ. It is based on biblical principles that are timeless, but relevant for today.
Another awesome book... Mar 25, 2005
With J. Oswald Sanders, you can't go wrong! After having read and used "Spiritual Leadership" for personal as well as discipleship uses, I decided to give this one a try, especially for those that needed to move out of baby infancy in spiritual maturity. A very thorough and biblical look at what it means to be a true Christian, it leaves nothing out. Highly recommended!
The Holocaust of Spiritual Wisdom Jul 30, 2000
Oswald Sanders was a missionary in Far East Asia, and field director of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship for many years. This book, Spiritual Maturity, is one in a series of three on serious discipleship. The other two are Spiritual Discipleship, and Spiritual Leadership (which Chuck Colson said was the best book on Christian leadership that he has read).
For Christians who have been demoralized by the shallow and superfluous popular "fluff" that abounds on the topic of discipleship, this series will come as cool water in a desert. Sanders deals with the brutal struggles in discipleship, and makes it clear there is no spiritual growth without a price. If we are not willing to pay the price--we will not grow towards maturity. As Oswald Sanders said during a series on dispcipleship at Gull Lake Bible Conference, "There are spiritual Christians, and there are unspiritual Christians. And most are unspiritual."
This kind of brutal language needs to be revived, in an age in which most Americans confuse Christian discipleship with self-help or self-optimization. In reality, the gate is still narrow, and the path hard, which leads to life (Matthew 7:14).