Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Sunday, February 19, in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. You can find a podcast of this sermon on the Cove Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
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And so, here we are, at the very end of our series dealing with spiritual growth. And I want you to just think about what things were like when we started. I mean, if you remember, that first Sunday, man, it was grey and cold and snowy. And just think about how it was yesterday. The sun was shining. The temperature was around 70. And I might wash my car this afternoon. Good, night nurse, talk about change. But be-that-as-it-may, we’re tying it up today.
And over the last five weeks, we’ve focused on things that I believe make a difference in our spiritual growth. For example, during the first sermon, we looked how, when we recognize our limits, we're more realistic in what we expect and more focused in how we approach God and more patient in our faith and all that can lead to growth. And then, during the second sermon, we looked at how trusting the Lord helps us grow, because that’s really what faith is, you know, trust, and it begins with a decision on our part, and when we decide to trust God, we’re now free to explore different ways we might grow. And in week three, we talked about the importance of loving one another, something that makes us to turn from the values of the world and that moves us behind Jesus Christ and that leads us to change our attitudes and our actions. And then, during the fourth sermon, we considered how a desire to make an impact is so important to our spiritual growth, you know, because it forces us to listen to others and to look within ourselves and to come closer to God. And then last week, we talked about sharing the message and how we can overcome some of the fear that stops us from doing it by studying the Word and by considering the different ways we might approach others with the message and by making that all important decision to trust God over and over again, all of which will lead to growth. Now this is what we covered during the last five weeks.
And I’ll tell you, what’s really exciting is that, when we do it well, not only will it help those coming in, I believe we’re also going to grow spiritually ourselves. And to do it well, for me that requires three things on our part, all of which can be for us, a source of growth. And let me tell you what they are.