There is no such thing as a full-grown tree. The day a tree stops growing, it dies. There is no such thing as a full-grown person or a full-grown church, either. Is it as simple, then, as grow or die?

Notes And Next Steps

1 Timothy 4:8-10,15-16  + Part 5 of the series “Starting Point For Our Mission Ahead"

You will experience and enjoy everything life offers when you live full of Jesus.

“Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future” (John F. Kennedy).

“There is no finish line” (Nike).

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday” (Abraham Lincoln).

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” (Zig Ziglar).

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” (Albert Einstein).

“Sail away from the safe harbor” (Mark Twain).

Definition of insanity: “Doing the same things exactly the same way each time and expecting a different result” (Alcoholics Anonymous).

Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come … Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. (The Bible — 1 Timothy 4:8,15).

Do Christians really have to grow?

Continue to work out your salvation. (Philippians 2:12)

If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8)

“You of little faith.” (Matthew 8:26)

“wicked and lazy” (Matthew 25:26)

“Because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

Deliberate mediocrity is a sin.

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)