by Ernest Easley

The Signs of a Growing Christian
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 2.13-20
December 2, 1999

How many growing Christians are here tonight?
Wonderful! You know .. some people grow up and spread
cheer. Others just grow up and spread!

The truth is that not everybody who grows old .. grow up!
But how our heavenly Father longs to see His children grow up!
And I trust that you've made some spiritual progress this year!
That's what Paul's talking about in 1 Thessalonians chapter 2.

As we continue our study of the book of 1 Thessalonians,
join me in chapter 2. We come tonight to verse 13 as we
discover "The Signs of a Growing Christian." And when a
Christian is growing, the church is growing! And when the
Christians stop growing, guess what happens to the church?

That's right .. it stops growing. Now I suppose the church
could continue growing numerically. I mean .. the church can
grow numerically without growing spiritually. But it can't grow
spiritually without growing numerically!

Now you claimed by lifting your hand a moment ago that
you consider yourself a growing Christian. So let me ask you
growing Christians a question: how do you know that you're
growing? How do you determine if you're growing or not? Can
you measure spiritual growth?

Well .. let me say before we read these verses that you
can measure spiritual growth! You can know if you're spiritually
growing! And that's what I want to talk to you about tonight:
"The Signs of A Growing Christian." I want to show you how you
can know if you're growing and if you're not growing .. what
stimulates growth!

Let's begin reading in verse 13 and read down through
the chapter as we think together about,

"The Signs of a Growing Christian"

1 Thessalonians 2.13-20

So .. what are the signs of a growing Christian? What
must take place in our life for growth to occur? How were the
Christians growing there in ...

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