Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
On The Treadmill
I. Introduction: Recently, I was running on the treadmill and jokingly thought, “I am doing a lot of running to just be in one place.” Then, I thought about a spiritual lesson from just a funny little thought…
A. As Christians, we should realize that God expects us to make forward progress in our spiritual lives (Hebrews 5:12-6:12).
1. Like the children of Israel, sometimes we find ourselves at one place for too long (Deuteronomy 2:1-3).
2. We’re supposed to be zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).
B. WE need to consider the danger of spiritual plateaus wherein we may think, “I’ve (or we’ve) arrived” (Philippians 3:10-15).
1. You cannot get off of these plateaus if you don’t take advantage of every opportunity for growth (Ephesians 4:15).
2. Are you of the mindset that learning and growing in Christ is above everything else to you (cf. Philippians 3:8)?
II. Body: Spiritually speaking, do we just want to run in place (I Corinthians 9:24-27)?
A. Aren’t we running to get to a destination (I Corinthians 9:24-25)?
1. Eternally, we’d better be goal minded (II Corinthians 5:1-10 and Hebrews 12:1-3).
2. Individually, we’d better be growing spiritually (Colossians 1:10).
3. As a congregation, that’s where we all have to work together (Ephesians 4:16).
a. We need to be working toward elders (Acts 14:23).
b. We need to be working towards being even a closer family unit (Acts 2:44; cf. Ephesians 3:15).
c. We need get back to work at having time together to repeat and grow in old lessons (Philippians 3:1).
d. We need to be harder at work in having time together to learn new lessons and make deeper applications (I Thessalonians 3:10).
B. Do we want to work so hard and fight so tough to get nowhere (I Corinthians 9:26-27)?
1. We need to have fowardness [readiness] of mind in regard to our goals (Acts 17:10-11 and II Corinthians 9:2).
a. Being diligent means to have eagerness; care; forwardness Strong’s # 4710.
b. We are supposed to have this quality in us (Psalms 119:4, Hebrews 11:6, and II Peter 3:14).
2. What does it mean when Paul says, “beateth the air”. In a context of using unknown tongues for no profit we find the meaning (I Corinthians 14:7-9).
C. The more often brethren work together the more you RUN towards the goal. Meeting less often means progress slows (cf. II Peter 1:5-10).
1. It’s not good to slow down (Joshua 18:1-3).
2. As much time as possible brethren should assemble together (Acts 2:42; 46, I Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13, and Hebrews 10:24-25).
III. Conclusion: John 4:31-35; cf. Psalms 119:60
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