Five Signs on the Road to Spiritual Regression by David Cawston

Five Signs on the Road to Spiritual Regression
David Cawston
1 Timothy 1:1-20

Introduction:
Paul writes to Timothy and tells him that he has to fight a good fight to watch out to keep faith and a good conscience otherwise there is the possibility of shipwreck.

Illustration.
Hymeneus and Alexander, had made a profession of Christ, but had walked away from that profession; and Paul had delivered them to Satan, had declared they to belonged to the kingdom of Satan, and delivered them to be tormented by Satan, that they might learn not to blaspheme or contradict teachings of Christ.

The primary design of all discipline in the early church was for their ultimate salvation.

Christian Life doesn’t come naturally to any of us! We must all work at it! No exceptions. If you are not being faithful to what you know you have to do you will regress.

There is no cog in the track.

Illus. Indian Mountain railroads. Tracks with cogs.

When ever you see a Christian walk in the sins of the flesh, or lose all meaning in their Christian life, or shipwreck their faith, you know it did not happen over night. There was a pattern being established.

These patterns can be identified and should be warning signs to each of us!

Five signs on the road to Spiritual Regression

I. Signs of Neglect

Heb 2:2-3
2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; (KJV)

Neglecting the Word, Prayer and fellowship! Absolute musts!

A. Passive Disobedience
Simply means there is a lack of interest. It's not that you are doing everything wrong but rather that you are doing little right. It's not that you are messing in the sense of going out and planning to do wrong, it is rather that you are not doing the things necessary to get you moving forward down the road of your spiritual journey.

B. Taking things for Granted
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