Podcast: Play in new window
Did you know that in terms of our faith growth is good?
The Bible presents us with this idea that as we go on our journey with the Lord we should be growing in our faith. We should becoming more like Jesus and less like our former selves and the world. There should be a progression and you should be able to look back and recognize that you are not who you once were. You should be a better Christian now than you were then and we should recognize that we are not yet who we will be. There should always be a desire to take new mountains and advance in our faith and not rest on where we have been. Someone once said that you’re either growing closer to the Lord or you are getting further away, there is no third direction. While I do believe there is some truth to that, I also do believe that sometimes our growth is wrapped up in seasons of rest and waiting on the Lord.
The question is not whether or not we are supposed to be growing or maturing in our faith, the question is are we doing so appropriately? You see as the Bible defines it, there are seasons for everything. The benchmarks of maturity that we looked at last week define very important moments in every Christian’s life and at each stage there are complex challenges that we each must overcome. So, we need to celebrate with our brothers and sisters in Christ when they rise up to the challenges presented by growth. We cannot forget that while what a newer believer is experiencing may seem so elementary to those of us who have been around the block a few times, but to the newer Christian what they are experiencing is all new. We encourage them as they stretch and have victory. Remember that we were once there ourselves. The problem is not with the newer Christian who wrestles with the elementary it is when the seasoned Christian is no farther along than the newer one. So what happens when you aren’t growing in an appropriate fashion? What if you have become stagnant?
In this Message
We are going to take a look at what healthy and timely growth looks like and we are going to explore two specific problems that occur when we don’t mature appropriately.
Luke 2:52, 1 Peter 2:2, Galatians 4:19-20, Hebrews 5:12-14, Ephesians 4:11-16
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