Dangers to Growth
by Pat McIntosh
In continuing to think about growth and our plans for such growth, it will be wise to look at the dangers we might encounter. While traveling overseas for mission work, we thought about the dangers inherent in a work in a given area. No, we did not focus on those, but we were aware of them. To allow danger to direct our steps shows a lack of faith. To “barge in” without thinking about possible danger is foolish.
All growth is not good. I know that sounds silly, especially in the context of a series on growth. However, some things grow that need to be removed or watched carefully so as not to hinder true/good growth. For example, Cheryl just finished digging up a bunch of grass burrs in our yard. They were a part of the overall growth of the yard, but are detrimental to the overall goals we have for how the yard is to look.
What if, as Glenn opened the building this morning, he saw a snake crawl into the auditorium? He could keep quiet about it so as not create a panic. No, this is a problem with which we must deal. It is too dangerous to just allow it to crawl around.
The same is true with growth. There are dangers that must be considered as we continue to contemplate and plan for growth. These include, but are not limited to, false doctrine, division, Phariseeism and over-reaction.
If we are to move forward, we must be aware of the dangers inherent in such growth. They are a reality. Ignoring them will not make them go away. They must be dealt with carefully and prayerfully. May we be diligent in our efforts and cautious in our approach.
Sunday A.M. Sermon – Dangers to Growth
- False Doctrine – Matt. 7:15; Acts 20:28-30; Gal. 1:6-9
- Division – Rom. 14:1; 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 1:10-17; 11:17-22; Matt. 12:25; Jno. 17:20-21;
- Phariseeism – Matt. 23:23-24, 27-28; Acts 20:27
- Over-reaction – Matt. 7:13-14
Sunday P.M. Sermon – Keep Yourself (1 Tim. 4:16)