Growth Doesn’t Always Mean Learning New Things
By Brian A. Yeager
A. The wise hear and increase learning (Proverbs 1:5).
1. This means those already wise can get wiser (Proverbs 9:9).
2. You can add learning even when you’ve already learned (Proverbs 16:23).
B. Knowledge in the right ways should be pleasant [a delight] to us for many reasons (Proverbs 2:1-12).
II. Body: Growth Is Often About Learning How To Do Things You’re Already Doing Better (I Thessalonians 4:9-10).
A. In this life, if we not spiritually dead (James 2:26), we should keep increasing in our learning (Colossians 1:5-10).
1. Sometimes, this is perfecting what is lacking in the faith (I Thessalonians 3:10).
a. It was not that Paul wanted to come and help them gain faith. They already had faith (I Thessalonians 2:13).
b. In fact, their faith comforted Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy (I Thessalonians 3:7).
c. Yet, there were things they had known (I Thessalonians 1:7-10), but needed more depth of learning in (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
2. We should, from time to time, grow exceedingly (II Thessalonians 1:3).
3. We may just need refresher courses (II Peter 3:1-2 and II John 1:4-6).
4. If we understand these things, we will continually pursue knowledge (Proverbs 15:14).
B. The truth is unchanging (I Peter 1:23-25), so growth is not about learning a “new doctrine” or coming to questionable; ignorant conclusions (I Timothy 1:3-7).
1. We don’t find new paths/ways, but stay on the same right path to shine more and more (Proverbs 4:14-19).
2. We don’t produce new fruit [nor new works], just MORE of the right fruit (John 15:1-8).
C. The need to grow spiritually is not a indictment, but not growing certainly is (Hebrews 5:8-6:2).
1. Measure your growth by your productivity (Matthew 13:23).
a. Have you grown in your home-life (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)?
b. Have you grown in your capacity to live in the world, but not be of the world (I Thessalonians 5:22 and Titus 2:11-12)?
c. Are you more or less useful to your brethren (Ephesians 4:15-16)?
d. Examine every area of your life to see if your spiritual growth is evident (Philippians 2:14-16 and I Timothy 4:12-16).
2. Take note that if we do not grow collectively, whole congregations can physically exist, but be spiritually dead (Revelation 3:1).
III. Conclusion: Think on this - Still More Will Be Added Unto You (Mark 4:24-25).
© 2017 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager