Mature Class Study, teacher Josh Olmsted.

Just because someone knows how to do a handstand, doesn’t mean they can execute it. First you have to learn how to do it. Then you practice until you can do it and are able to hold the position. It takes work to reach the goal of being healthy. It takes a long time to see progress. What we learn as Christians and being able to apply it are two different things. Paul said he didn’t come with enticing words but with demonstration of the Spirit and power. The demonstration of the Spirit and power will result in souls being saved. It is said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. In companies where people are afraid to disagree and discuss their differences, it often leads to failure of the company. Our experiences with God and talking about them together will help lead us to right decision making. It’s alright to have disagreements and discuss what we do as we work together for the Lord.

I Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

We can love the message but deny the power of God by loving our own selves or pleasures more than God. We need the power of God to go out and demonstrate what he tells us to do. People at the beginning of the United States had a good idea for the country but they had to fight to have it. Paul said “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Paul had to fight to do what God directed so he could attain his goal of heaven. In the story of the Pharisee and the publican at the temple (Luke 18:10-14), the publican didn’t know much but knew enough to say, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” The Pharisee justified himself and knew the rules but he didn’t do anything with what he knew. We don’t want to think like the Pharisee because we know so much and say, “Oh I’m Church of God” but not do anything. Like the man that had one talent, he knew some things but he hid his talent (Matthew 25:14-28). It’s not just about doing things but God wants us to use the knowledge we have.

II Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they…led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Knowledge is dangerous if you don’t use it or if you misuse it. Pilate asked Jesus, “what is truth?” (John 18:38). He wasn’t really interested in knowing truth. We can’t try to impress people with words or the knowledge of truth. Unless we’re backed by God and demonstrate his power, it doesn’t do any good to have the knowledge of truth. Runners have to push through the pain to cross the finish line. It’s out of their comfort zone. We have to press past our pain and go out of our comfort zone to finish our goal. We can’t just have a relationship with the title of Church Of God. We must have an experience and relationship with God himself so we demonstrate the power of God in our life.