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LESSONS TO BE LEARNED AND STUDIED!! EXCELLENT FOR SMALL GROUPS

27 Dec

WHY DON’T SOME CHRISTIANS GROW?

Intro.
1. It is a sad sight to see an underdeveloped child (cf. starving child).
2. It is horrible to observe the stunted growth of a child of God.
3. When Christians will not grow we ought to be alarmed! – cf. Gal. 4:11

· WHEN CHRISTIANS DO NOT GROW SPIRITUALLY, THE RESULTS ARE:
  1. Weak & susceptible to temptation – 1 Pet. 5:8-9.
2. Unproductive in bearing the fruits of righteousness – 2 Pet. 1:5-8.
3. Will become spiritual blind & forgetful – 2 Pet. 1:9.
4. Will stumble, fall & not enter heaven! – 2 Pet. 1:10-11.

WHY DO SOME CHRISTIANS FAIL TO GROW UP TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY? – Heb. 5:11-6:12

· BECAUSE THEY HAVE BECOME DULL OF HEARING – 5:11.
1. God’s word is a burden to them – 1 Jno.5:3; cf. Amos 7:12-13.
-When it reproves their sin, they make excuses (Saul, 1 Sam. 15).
-When it commands a sacrifice & denial of self, they object (Lk. 9:23).
-When it imparts heavenly wisdom they refuse it for the wisdom of the world – 1 Cor. 2:6-7.

· BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY HAVE GROWN ENOUGH – 5:12.
1. The passing of time has deceived them into thinking they have matured – cf. Phil. 3:12-14.
-Spiritual maturity is not based on the passing of time, but on the use of our time to partake of spiritual nutrition! – 5:13-14; Eph. 5:18
-This hindrance to spiritual growth is rooted in pride, complacency & self- sufficiency! – Rev. 3:15-17
2. To overcome this, we must be zealous & repent – Rev. 3:19.
-Trust more in Christ & less in self! (Phil. 4:13)

· BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT ALLOW THE WORD OF GOD TO CHANGE THEM – 5:13-14.
1. They do not use the word of God to direct their decisions in life – Eph. 5:15 (Col. 3:17).
2. They are unskilled in the word of righteousness because they do not use the word of righteousness! – Heb. 5:13-14; Phil. 1:9-11
3. Lost their desire for the pure milk of the word – 1 Pet. 2:2.

· BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY ACCUSTOMED TO THE “MILK” OF THE WORD – 5:12; 6:1.
1. They have a wrong relationship with the word of God:
-First principles of the gospel is where they have stayed (6:1-3).
-No tolerance for the meat of the word – 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Gal. 4:16.
-God’s word is no longer sweet to their lips (Jer. 15:16).
2. They have not stood up for their faith (cf. Dan. 3:12, 16-18, 28).
-Just as infants must stand in order to walk, Christians must stand in order to walk with Christ (grow)! (Some are still crawling!)
-These have not used the word of truth to stand up for Jesus!

· BECAUSE THEY FAIL TO “PRESS ONWARD” TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY – 6:1 (cf. 6:9-12).
1. Press on by being constantly aware of salvation (grace & mercy) – v. 9; cf. 2 Pet. 1:9.
2. Press on by living an obedient faith – v. 10.
3. Press on by being diligent to the end – v. 11-12 (cf. Heb. 10:32; 3:14; 4:11, 14).

· BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY FALLEN AWAY (the eventual outcome of not growing) – 6:4-8.
1. It is possible there are Christians here today who have already fallen away! – cf. 1 Cor. 11:30
2. The sin of unbelief has deceived & devoured them – Heb. 3:12-13 (cf. Jas. 2:19).
3. No “fire in their bosom” for God, truth & holiness in their lives – Lk. 24:32.

Conclusion
1. God sees & rewards our efforts to grow & mature – Heb. 6:9-10.
2. We must be diligent with faithful patience to inherit the promises – Heb. 6:12.

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3 Comments

Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “LESSONS TO BE LEARNED AND STUDIED!! EXCELLENT FOR SMALL GROUPS

  1. Eugene Adkins

    December 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Seeing this condition in a Christian’s life is sad. I know several brothers and sisters in Christ who started out so strong in thier relationship with God and the church but they “fizzled” out many who obeyed the gospel around the same time as I did. They’re still around, they still come to worship services but their zeal for knowledge, service and growth through action is all but gone.

     
  2. michaelcollins1

    December 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    In my 45 yrs. as a Christian, as I look back at all the individuals that have come and gone in my life; I’m appalled at the backslidden condition of so many in the Lord’s church. My heart aches for them knowing the terror of the Lord, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. So in retrospect, What’s the answer? What do we do? How can we go about finding all the strays? Wow, What a loaded question!! DO YOU HAVE SHEPHERDS(elders) WHERE YOU PREACH BRO.? Well better go, busy day planned, Godspeed My Bro. ‘PREACH THE WORD”

     
    • Eugene Adkins

      December 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Yeah, we have two elders. I could not have a better eldership to serve under. One was a huge influence on me when I first obeyed the gospel and the other has been a huge influence on me with his assistance in the work of God’s word at our congregation. Others have served as elders there but these two men are currently serving now. I do my best to encourage them from time to time as they have me because they take their responsibility seriously and when a person does that they really need the encouragement to keep the right mentality of caring.

       

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