A. We know that we are supposed to grow; to mature in Christ (Ephesians 4:14-16 and II Peter 3:18).
- We cannot begin to think though that constant learning is all we have to do. That, in itself, can mean nothing (II Timothy 3:6-7).
- Proper knowledge should be useful to you spiritually and physically (Proverbs 2:1-22 and Colossians 3:10).
- For whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required (Luke 12:47-48).
- Knowledge has to be used properly (Proverbs 15:1-2).
II. Body: I Thessalonians 4:1-2 and I Thessalonians 4:9-12
A. Allowing the increase to come through the knowledge you have already obtained (II Peter 1:1-12).
- It’s not that we don’t have to be reminded (II Peter 3:1-2).
- At the same time, we should spend a good amount of time processing and applying what we presently know (I Timothy 4:15).
- Abounding more and more in what you already know (Philippians 1:8-11).
- The word of God is able to save us (James 1:21), but His words are also words to “live by” (Luke 4:4).
- Through His word we are able to be fruitful (Matthew 13:23).
- Being fruitful in every good work (John 15:1-5, Titus 3:8; 3:14, and I Peter 2:11-12).
- Is it just to reach an earthly accomplishment even if it is a good accomplishment (i.e. I Timothy 3:1-2)?
- Is it to cure curiosities and if so, to what end (Acts 17:16-34)?
- Is it a “badge of honor” for an outward show (Proverbs 12:23)?
- Is it to misapply I Peter 3:15 or Jude 1:3? See contexts!
III. Conclusion: We must all reach a point of growth wherein we don’t have to learn, relearn, etc.; but get on with faithfully; fruitfully living it (Hebrews 5:5-6:12).
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