Shh.. I'm growing here! What about you?
Did you know that what you do during the sermon and bible study's affects your growth? I picture you telling your 5 or 6-year-old that. Either they will be good and sit still or they want to be the same size forever so they crawl under the pews, and throw their crayons at the person in front of you, all while talking to someone across the sanctuary.
Just because we don't listen or you know, start daydreaming during the sermon, God isn't going to keep us from growing tall, and it most definitely doesn't mean we will shrink, not on the physical side that is. If you were following me when I felt God directing my blog in a new direction then hopefully you know what a Berean is. If not this might help.
If you know what a Berean is then you probably know that,
What you do during the sermon affects your growth!
Maybe you have heard about the pastor who noticed that no one pulled out their bibles while he was preaching, so the following Sunday he preached out of Matthew 29. Everything went on normally but before evening service the Deacon said something to the pastor. Well, the point had been made. If people are only listening to the sermon and not following along or even following up on what is being taught they could easily be taught wrong. It is happening today and it will continue to happen.
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. - Matthew 7:15 NIV
So we should be following along in our Bibles, but what else, well I suggest taking notes. Why? You should take notes during the sermon so that you can follow up on what is being taught. I mean, I doubt everybody knows every word and every story in the Bible. So if something is said that you don't remember hearing before, or that you have questions about write it down, but don't forget to follow up with it after the service. This is another way we grow.
Have you even tried to give a newborn a steak? What about a chicken nugget? When I say newborn I'm talking less than a month old. Guys, let me tell you now, don't try to share that steak or nugget with your newborn. They don't have the ability to digest it like we do. A newborn baby starts on milk, then moves up to oatmeal and then soft food. There is a progression, and your spiritual growth needs a similar progression.
The progression I envision goes like this.
- Listen and following along - Milk
- Following along and some following up / asking questions
- Studying, question & discussing what has been taught - Steak (Goal)
So where do you fall? If you know tell me in the comments below. If your not sure where you fall then this Sunday I want you to pay attention to what you're doing during the sermon, then join me next week as we look at where you are and look at tools that might help you move closer to that steak.