Roger’s Book

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A Study in Christian Spiritual Maturity

Synopsis: Most Christian people would acknowledge that spiritual maturity is an important, biblical concept. However, if those same people were asked, “Who believes they are spiritually mature?” it is safe to say that few would raise their hand. While there are good reasons for the hesitancy, if spiritual maturity is part of our doctrine, there must be a way to understand the subject that permits a humble acknowledgement of such a state of maturity. In Growing Up Strong, six foundational concepts are considered: Functional Tension, Collaborative Participation, God Knowledge, Love, the doctrine of Sanctification, and the relationship of emotional maturity to spiritual maturity. These six chapters prepare the way for a working definition in chapter seven of Spiritual Maturity that is both attainable and a work in progress. The emphasis throughout is on the development of the inner life so that what is professed on Sunday becomes increasingly evident in the way we think and behave Monday through Saturday. Chapter eight offers a few practical thoughts for dealing with some common issues; for example, forgiveness and anxiety that present impediments to growth.

“If you are committed to spiritual growth and to deepening your understanding of what it looks like to collaborate with God in his sanctifying work in your life, then this book is for you.”

– Elizabeth Reynolds, MA. Senior Individual & Marital Therapist: Christian Counselling Ottawa

“Roger Moyer has done a masterful job of bringing the skills and insights of psychological understanding into conversation with Biblical and theological principles and demonstrated that they need not be adversaries but can and should be allies. Through the lens of his own training and experience as a counselor and his wonderfully obvious pastor’s heart, Roger effectively addresses some of the discouraging quandaries Christians face when presented with hurdles in their own spiritual growth. Christian counselors, pastors, Seminary students, or anyone who longs to grow strong and mature in their journey with Christ are but a few of the many who will benefit from Roger’s work. I, therefore, heartily endorse and recommend this book.”

– Bill McAlpine, PhD, M.Div, BA, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Practical Theology: Ambrose University College and Seminary, Calgary, AB