IT’S TIME TO GROW UP
Nov. 9, 1997
INTRODUCTION: The NIV Bible translates Heb. 6;12,
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those
who through faith and patience inherit what has been
Israel wanted to go back to Egypt, once delivered from slavery,
as a result, a whole generation failed to inherit what God had
promised. They were safely delivered out of Egypt, but they
never enjoyed the promised rest in Canaan. The emphasis is on
making spiritual progress.
Heb. 5:11 deals with encouragement based on the superiority
of Jesus and the life He has provided. We are encouraged to go
on to maturity and become full-grown believers. There is
nothing wrong with being a baby when you are born, but it is a
problem if you remain a baby all your life.
II Peter 3:18 challenges us to “grow in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Eph. 4:13-14 says, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man
(unto a full grown, mature man), unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ; that we henceforth be no
more children.” God intends for baby Christians to mature.
Four words describes the hindrances to growth:
I. DULLNESS. 11
The writer is about to spend 3 chapters on the subject of
Christ’s Heavenly Priesthood, but he is not sure his
readers are ready for what he has to teach.
The problem is not that he is a dull teacher but that they
are dull hearers. More often we talk about dull preaching
or dull teaching. I’ve heard some dull preaching, and to
to be honest, I’ve done some myself.
“dull” - means slothful, sluggish, lazy. It refers to a
condition of spiritual apathy and laziness that prevents
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