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Growing In What You Already Know | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Growing In What You Already Know
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I. Introduction:

A. We know that we are supposed to grow; to mature in Christ (Ephesians 4:14-16 and II Peter 3:18).

  1. 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).
  2. Proper knowledge should be useful to you spiritually and physically (Proverbs 2:1-22 and Colossians 3:10).
B. With knowledge comes accountability (James 4:17).
  1. For whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required (Luke 12:47-48).
  2. 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).
  1. It’s not that we don’t have to be reminded (II Peter 3:1-2).
  2. At the same time, we should spend a good amount of time processing and applying what we presently know (I Timothy 4:15).
  3. Abounding more and more in what you already know (Philippians 1:8-11).
B. Not needing taught again, but rather living it; applying it (Colossians 1:9-10).
  1. The word of God is able to save us (James 1:21), but His words are also words to “live by” (Luke 4:4).
  2. Through His word we are able to be fruitful (Matthew 13:23).
  3. Being fruitful in every good work (John 15:1-5, Titus 3:8; 3:14, and I Peter 2:11-12).
C. We have to be careful about gaining knowledge (I Corinthians 8:1). Thus, it is good to measure our motives for growing in knowledge?
  1. Is it just to reach an earthly accomplishment even if it is a good accomplishment (i.e. I Timothy 3:1-2)?
  2. Is it to cure curiosities and if so, to what end (Acts 17:16-34)?
  3. Is it a “badge of honor” for an outward show (Proverbs 12:23)?
  4. 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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