June 3, 2018
Sermon Title: The 5 Myths of Spiritual Growth
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Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:6
Scripture Text: Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
The 5 Myths of Spiritual Growth
When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we begin the lifelong process of spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit works in us to remove our selfishness
(Philippians 2:4), to renew our thinking (Romans 12:2), and to develop qualities in us that are like Christ (Colosians 3:5-14).
“The Five Myths of Spiritual Growth.”
All of these points are NOT TRUE
Myth I. Spiritual growth is automatic once you’re Born Again
“OLDER DOESN’T MAKE YOU AN ELDER”
Just because a person has been a Christian a long time doesn’t mean they’re mature.
Even in Full-Gospel circles, it’s easy to pick up the terminology and mannerisms and “look” Full-Gospel, yet not be Pentecostal at all.
Myth II. Spiritual growth is always obvious
FREQUENTLY WE FEEL LESS MATURE AS WE GROW
Often, from the outward perspective, God’s work in us looks messy.
When construction crews start working on a large building, they usually begin by making a BIGGER MESS than was there before.
Myth III. Spiritual growth is lessened by problems/adversity
PROBLEMS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Many people believe that Christianity should offer a problem free life.
But problems and difficulties are opportunities for growth.
There’s no triumph without a trial; you can’t be an over-comer without something to overcome!
Myth IV. Spiritual growth does not require VISION
THE CASE OF FISH AND TREES
It is a well known fact that if you take a shark that normally grows to 16 feet in length, and place it in an aquarium that is five foot in length, it will never grow to its normal size, but adjust itself to remain maneuverable in the small tank.
Myth V. Spiritual growth is only achieved by self-improvement
IT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS WHICH BRINGS GROWTH
Why is it, that as people spent time with Jesus, they were transformed?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” MarkTwain
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