by Steve Wagers

Don't Slow Up, Grow Up!
Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 4:14-16
March 30, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. A Danger We Must Avoid!
A. Doctrine that can Confuse our Lives!
B. Deceivers that can Corrupt our Lives!
2. A Duty We Must Accept!
A. A Belief that is Known!
B. A Behavior that is Shown!
3. A Direction We Must Attain!
A. Growing Inwardly!
B. Growing Outwardly!
C. Growing Upwardly!

1. When James A. Garfield was president of Hiram College, a man brought his son for entrance as a student. The father wanted his son to take a shorter course than other students. He said, "The boy can never take all of that in, he wants to get finished quicker. Can you arrange it for him?" Garfield replied, "He can take a shorter course, but it all depends what you want to make of him. When God wants to make squash he takes 2 months; but, when he wants to make an oak tree, he takes a hundred years."

2. Many Christians, today, want a microwave spirituality. They want to be able to throw it in, and pull it out in just a matter of seconds or minutes. Yet, the truth of the matter is that it doesn't come that way. In the Christian life, there are no short-cut, back roads or gimmicks. It is a life-long process and one that necessitates growth.

3. I think of the eagle, one of the most powerful birds in the world. Some eagles weigh as much as 12-13 pounds and have a wingspan more than 7 ft. The nests of eagles are called eyries. They are built of sticks and often lined with fresh green leaves. Once a year, the female lays 1 or 2 eggs, and they are carefully tended, at times by the male, until they hatch in about 40 days.

4. At about 11 or 12 weeks, a most interesting thing happens. If the eaglets have not ventured out on their own, the mother eagle "stirs," or rocks the nest, tipping the baby eaglets out. The young eaglets flap their wings in panic. The mother eagle watchfully hovers over them, waiting for the crucial moment. With her wings spread wide, ...

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