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The steps to maturity are laid out in 2 Peter 1:5-7.  Peter emphasized the importance of them by blessing those who followed them and cursing those who ignored them.  Unfortunately he was writing to those who had already heard his teaching, so he just used one word for each of the steps.  

Preface to the Book

The steps to maturity are:

using God's Promises
using God's Promises regarding Faith
Using God's promised Gifts
using God's Promises regarding Doing Good
using God's Promises regarding Divine Knowledge (guidance)
using God's Promises regarding Sanctification so we can obey
The Twelve Steps and Maturity
Heart-Washing Time
using God's Promises regarding Hope for Perseverance
using God's Promises regarding Transformed Hearts
using God's Promises regarding Christian Fellowship
using God's Promises regarding Loving God and our Neighbors