Growing in Christ
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.
12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Now this group of people were used to their Judaic customs where all the worship took place at the temple.
All their life they were used to going to the temple for a time of worship, singing songs, and having a great time.
Now came the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus and some of them were having a hard time making the transition.
Should I go all the way with my relationship with Jesus or should I keep my tradition and have the priest offer up the sacrifices for me on my behalf?
By the way I am used to brining my sacrifices to the priest and he offers them up for me on my behalf.
As a Christian you and I should desire and be growing in our walk with God.
Did you know that to grow as a Christian is our personal responsibility?
You and I should have a desire to grow in our walk with God.
We should also understand that growth is a process and sometimes it is not specific.
This reminds me of a story of a person we will call Bob – Bob didn’t have a matric, but he went to school got his matric, then went on to get a degree, found out he was good at business and got a master’s degree in business. It would be difficult to see Bob’s growth day to day or even week to week, but his growth should be measured in huge segments of time. Over time, which is called the process, Bob had become a different person then when he first started. This growth wasn’t something specific, but it was a process.
It is important to remember that time doesn’t necessarily mean growth, but it is what we do in that process of time.
Yes, we can grow in our physical skills, but we should also be growing in our character as a Christian.
Now that we talked about Bob’s physical skills growth, let’s talk about his spiritual growth.
See Bob used to have a bad attitude and all he thought about was himself, then Bob got saved and started growing his walk with the Lord. Bob went to Life Group, was faithful to service, built relationships in the church, started going to Life Flow and developed in his quiet time with The Lord, such as his prayer and the reading of his word.
Little by little by the teachings Bob heard, the friends he developed, the preaching’s he would hear and how God would speak to him in his quite time, Bob started seeing that he needed to grow.
Little by little Bob started changing his attitude and he also learned not to be selfish and to help other people. Bob grew in his walk with the Lord.
Now here is the important thing.
It may be difficult to see Bob’s growth immediately at the Life Group, or immediately at the Life Flow, immediately at the altar call, or even immediately in is quiet time.
Why because it is a process, but if you hang out with him you will see a difference.
Little by little Bob became a different person. It may be hard to spot the growth in one specific place, because it was a process.
Somebody say “Process.”
Now I know you and I like to sing about going to new levels.
Come on now!!!
We like to get excited about the thought of going to new levels.
Hello, but going to new levels requires work.
A lawyer doesn’t become a good lawyer by sitting in class, it is what he or she does in the process.
A doctor doesn’t become a good doctor by sitting in class, it is what he or she does in the process.
An athlete doesn’t become a good athlete by sitting in class, it is what they do in the process.
A businessman doesn’t become a good businessman by sitting in class, it is what they do in the process.
A Christian doesn’t become a mature Christian by sitting in church, it is he or she does in the process.
Can somebody say “Process?”
The Process is Doing the little things to get better or to grow.
See what can happen to us as Christians is, we think it’s the preacher’s job to grow us.
It is our responsibility to grow ourselves, we shouldn’t put our growth in the hands of someone else.
Now don’t get me wrong the preaching’s and teachings help us to know what to do, but growth comes from you and I going through the process.
Back in the day in order to get a picture developed you had to take it to the photo store and wait about 3 days.
Why because it had to be developed and there was a process for that development.
Same thing for you and me as a Christian, if we want to grow then we need to go through the process.
Sometimes we don’t like going through the process, hello.
How many know that time doesn’t necessarily mean growth, if we are not willing to go through the process.
Just because I have been saved for 28 years doesn’t mean that I have matured, but it is what I have done in the process that allows me to grow.
It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
Tell your neighbor “It is what I do in the process. “
It is having the desire to go to the next level in my walk with God that allows me to make the right decisions to grow while in the process.
What are some processes that can help us grow?
There are a few, but this morning I would like to just point out 3 of them and then I will be done.
Putting our self in an atmosphere to grow
As a Christian you and I should have a desire to grow in our walk with God.
Did you know that it is our own responsibly to grow in our walk with God?
It is not our leader’s responsibility; it is not our best friends’ responsibility, it is not even the preacher’s responsibility to grow us in our walk with God, but you and I should take personal responsibility to grow in our walk with God.
We should desire to be more like Jesus.
We should have resources, teachings, friendships and settings where you and I will be challenged to grow in our character and walk with God.
- Here is a little note:
Coming to church is a perfect setting that we can put ourselves in to grow.
- Going to Life Group is a perfect setting that we can put ourselves in to grow.
- Coming to Life Flow is a perfect setting that we can put ourselves in to grow.
- Having Godly friendships is a perfect setting that we can put ourselves in to grow.
- Here is another little note:
Did you know that some people don’t come to church to grow, but they come to do their religious duty for the week?
- See coming to church doesn’t necessarily mean we are growing?
Not only that but using our gifts and talents doesn’t necessarily mean we are growing.
Sometimes we can think the more we get involved the more we are growing or the more I do for the Lord the more I am growing. That is not necessarily true.
It is not what we do in the house of God that brings growth, but it is the process that you and I go through to become more like Jesus and who God has called us to be.
- We can think that coming to church is a form of growth but coming to church is a place and atmosphere for growth, then it is our job to put it into practice what we have learned and go through the process.
- One of the reasons that you and I should come to church is because we want to learn how to be more like Jesus and church is one of the best places to learn how to be more like Jesus.
Developing relationships in the church
- A lot of our growth can also come from Godly relationships in the church.
- Let me give you a few examples:
Maybe someone rubbing you the wrong way and we think that it is them that needs to grow, but then God says no it is you that needs to grow.
- Hello, has anybody been there before? I have.
- Here is another example:
- Have you ever had a friend who told you something that you didn’t want to hear, and it brought growth? I have.
- Now I am not talking about your leader or the one discipling you, but I am talking about a friend.
- When you were in the wrong and they didn’t take your side, but they said nope what you did or said was wrong and you shouldn’t act like that.
- You know this is a good think and the bible talks about these kinds of friends in the book of Proverbs 27:6.
- Proverbs 27:6
- Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
- Side Note:
We need to be careful of friends that always see our side and don’t ever point out when they think you are in the wrong.
They gossip with you, they lie with you and they even back you up when you are in the wrong, but a friend will point it out to us and help us to grow.
- Help us Lord.
- So, another place where growth can come from is having people in our lives that see areas we need to grow, and they mention it to us because they want the best for us.
- How many want to grow?
- How many want to go to new level in our walk with God?
- How many want friends that help us get there?
Last but not least, but you and I can grow by spending time with the Lord
You and I can also grow as we spend time in prayer and spend time in the word.
It is in prayer and the word we God can challenge us and convict us to be more like Him.
Not only that but it is in prayer where God gives us the strength to be more like Him.
You and I should have personal desire to grow in our walk with God. We should have a personal desire to be more like Jesus.
We should have a hunger to grow in the things of God.
Matthew 5:6 says
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
It is our responsibility to go to new levels.
See not only should you and I be growing in our skills, but we should also be growing in our character.
We can go on and on about different examples of how you and I can grow in our walk with God.
We can talk about the person that used to lie, but now they have grown, and they aren’t lying as much as they used to, because they have grown, and it is a process.
We can talk about the person that used to gossip, but now they don’t gossip as much as they used to, because they have grown, and it is a process
We can talk about the person that didn’t give, but now they are a giver, because they have grown, and it is a process.
We can talk about the person that didn’t have a prayer life, but now they spend time with the Lord before they head out for the day, because they have grown, and it is a process.
We can go on and on about how you and I can grow in different areas of our walk with God.
We will not ever arrive to perfect maturity, but the cool thing is that you and I are making progress and while we are making progress His Grace is sufficient for us.
Tell your neighbor “I am making progress.”
You can grow at the flow.
Not only can you and I grow at our Sunday Morning services, but we as a church have set things in place to help you grow in your walk with God.
We have Life Groups no Tuesday Nights, we have mid-week service on Thursdays, and we also have Life Flow on Sunday Nights.
This morning I would like to encourage you, if you haven’t every been to Life Flow then you want to come and check it out.
It is designed for those that would like to grow in their walk with God.
The exciting thing is our next semester of Life Flow starts next Sunday.
We have classes designed for everyone.
Whether you are newly saved or have been coming for a while, Life Flow is designed with you in mind.
This morning as we all stand, I would like to pray for those who say Pastor Dre the year is halfway gone, and I would like to make a commitment to grow in my walk with God for the rest of this year.
Whether it be to
- Put myself in an atmosphere and place for growth
- Establish new friendships that will help me grow
- Or Spend more quiet time with the Lord in prayer and the word
We should have a hunger to grow in our walk with God.
I Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
You can grow at the Life Flow.