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Comparison of Childhood Faith and Mature Adult Faith

Childhood Faith

Mature Adult Faith

Good Christians don't have pain or disappointment. God uses our pain and disappointment to make us better Christians
God helps those who help themselves. God helps those who admit their own helplessness.
God wants to make us happy. God wants to make us into the image of Jesus.
Faith will help us always explain what God is doing (things always work out). Faith helps us stand under God's sovereignty even when we have no idea what God is doing.
The closer we get to God, the more perfect we become The closer we get to God, the more we become aware of our own sinfulness.
Mature Christians have answers. Mature Christians can wrestle honestly with tough questions because we trust that God has the answers.
Good Christians are always strong. Our strength is in admitting our weakness.
We go to church because our friends are there, we have great leaders, and we get something out of it. We go to church because we belong to the body of Christ.

Mark Devries, Family-Based Youth Ministry, (Downers Grove, IL, InterVarsity Press, 1994), p. 26

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