by Jim Perdue

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Guidelines for Growth (6 of 16)
Series: Philippians
Jim Perdue
Philippians 2:1-4

*Having been a part of four children being born (although I realize that my part was very small!), it is now so neat to watch my boys and girls grow up. It's amazing to watch the milestones as they come and go. You want them to start crawling and then they go everywhere! You want them to get their first teeth, then they bite you! You want them to start walking, then they're so fast you can't catch them! You want them to start talking, then…you want them to stop talking. And you wonder as they grow up, ''will they survive to see the next milestone?'' Or, ''will I survive to the next milestone?''*

Truthfully, growth is necessary and natural. It's necessary in the human life and it's necessary in the church. And my question is not just ''is our attendance growing?'' but ''are those in attendance growing?'' We can have 40, 140, 1,400 or 14,000 but it doesn't matter if there's no spiritual progress!

Too many churches are holding tanks for Christians and occasionally some fish will be swapped from tank to tank but they're not fishing for men. God is calling us to be a launching pad for ministry and missions. In other words, my job is not to make sure you're comfortable in your holding tank, my job is to send you out on a mission that impacts the world for Jesus Christ! READ TEXT

So today, we're going to talk about ''Guidelines for Growth.'' This is spiritual growth; the growth of our church, the growth of our Sunday School Classes, the growth of our impact in our city, the growth of the individual people in our fellowship and the growth of God's Kingdom.

Write these down and LIVE by them! Because when you begin to operate and govern your life by these principles and when we begin to implement these truths into our church, stand back in amazement at what God does! In this passage we see several guidelines for growth…

Remember what Christ did for me: 1

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