by Fred Lowery

A Closer Look at Spiritual Growth
Dr. Fred Lowery
Matthew 6:31-33; Matthew 19:21-22; Luke 14:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Isaiah 40:31

We are going to continue with the church, growing up as a church in our faith, in our spiritual lives, because I'm convinced that that's our greatest need among Southern Baptists even in our own church. That we learn how to grow spiritual and that we not be satisfied unless we are spiritually growing. I gave you a quote last week that I hope you wrote down and if not I hope you'll write it down in your Bible as I've written down in mine. That he who ceases to be better, ceases to be good. He who ceases to be better ceases to be good. In other words it is impossible to stand still. And that's what the Bible teaches. You don't stand still spiritually. Too many people get saved and they say well I've done it and I'm going to go to heaven. And you miss God's entire purpose for your living on this earth and you miss the benefits and the blessings. Not only that because it's impossible to stand still you begin to back up and you begin to lose your joy. You don't lose your salvation but you lose the benefits and the blessings of that salvation. So God says we've got to move forward. We've got to continue to keep growing.

Leigh decided to try the treadmill and she had an experience with how not focusing on going forward as she should and came off the back of that treadmill. It's important to know what you have to do to keep moving forward in the Christian life and understanding that spiritual growth is not maintained automatically. Listen to me, even if you are in church every single Sunday. You don't grow automatically and if you are not gaining ground you are losing ground. But with that we need to say thank God we can grow. And that we can become more like Jesus Christ in every area of our lives.

Let me just mention some things that spiritual growth is not so you won't be confused. Spiritual growth is not perfection. I don't ...

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