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Barriers to growth, elements of church growth, source of church growth

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CHURCH GROWTH
CHURCH GROWTH
Barriers to growth (1-4)
Immaturity
(v.1) could not talk to them as spiritual people
1. You may have been a Christian for some time now but that does not necessarily mean you have become mature
You may have been a Christian for some time now but that does not necessarily mean you have become mature
2.
They are carnal (fleshly)
Unrenewed, wholly under the influence of the sensual or animal nature (2:14 in contrast to natural man and spiritual man)
Unrenewed, wholly under the influence of the sensual or animal nature (2:14 in contrast to natural man and spiritual man)
Still have much of the remains of the old life
The spiritual man is one led by the spirit
Depicted:
Inability to receive solid food (1,2)
Infants (spiritually immature)
Sinful Attitudes
Jealousy
Strife
Works of the flesh
Sins of immorality (19): adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness
Sins of false religion (20a): idolatry sorcery
3. Sins contrary to love (20b-21): hatred etc.
Sins contrary to love (20b-21): hatred etc.
We may not be guilty of immorality but if we are given to jealousy and strife and are unable to receive solid food we are still carnal.
Carnality defeated:
As counseled by James
Lay aside
Receive the implanted word
Be doers of the word
As counseled by Peter
Lay aside
Desire the pure milk
As counseled by Paul (;
Seek the things from above
Put off the old man by crucifying your members 3:5-9
Put on the new man 3:10-14
Let peace and gratitude reign in your heart
Let the word of Christ dwell richly in you through song 3:16
Do all in the name of the Lord 3:17
Walk in the spirit and be lead by the spirit
Followers of men
Elements of church growth (5-7)
Servants mentality (5)
We are servants
; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Opportunistic (5)
Looking for the opportunity
Illust. We are surrounded by wolves, We are rich! (matter of perspective)
; ; ;15-17
Henry Drummond – I shall pass through this world once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Cooperation (6)
Each one has a part to play
We’re just seed throwers and water boys
God can even use defective seed throwers ()
Ultimate Source of Church Growth (6-9)
God opens doors for opportunity
service
God provides the increase
Power is in the seed ; ;
God provides the reward (8)
The more we sow the more we reap
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (, NASB95)
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