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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Grow or Die

May 14

(Acts 16:5 NIV) “So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.”

(2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV) "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; {6} and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; {7} and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. {8} For 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 3:18 NIV) "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

There are three important principles of growth for churches and Christians. First, things must grow or they die. If you are alive, you will be growing. If you are not growing, you are likely in the process of dying. Second, growth always brings change. You cannot grow without changing. This principle doesn’t work in reverse. Change, just for the sake of change, does not always produce growth -- but growth will always bring change. If we are not changing, we are very likely not growing. Third, change is usually uncomfortable, and will always cost us something. This is why so many of us resist change. If a church is unwilling sacrifice personal comfort and pay the price of change, they will fade in effectiveness and influence, their vitality will wane, and eventually they will die and close their doors. Pay the price, change, and grow. It’s a matter of life and death. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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