“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
I Corinthians 13:11
S-I-N stunts church growth
I. Stunted by Sin
A. Your bodies are members of Christ. (I Corinthians 6:12-20).
“You are not your own.”
B. “Do you not judge those who are on the inside?” (I Corinthians 5:1-13).
“But those who are outside God judges.”
C. “For this is the will of God…” (I Thessalonians 4:1-8).
D. Fantasy vs. reality (Luke 12:13-21)
“Covetousness vs. contentment”
II. Stunted by Indifference.
A. “Indifference is like a drought.” (Zechariah 7:8-14).
“for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
B. “Standing in stale milk.” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
“…by this time you ought to be teachers.”
III. Stunted by Neglect.
A. “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.” (I Timothy 4:14-16)
“For in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
B. “Given to each one…” (I Corinthians 12:1-7, 12-26)
“…for the profit of all.”
C. “Fulfill your ministry.” (II Timothy 4:1-5)