Summary: Everyone fails. It’s what you do in the midst of that failure whether or not growth will take place.
TITLE: Growing Pain #1: Growing through failure!
SERIES: The Growing Church
TOPIC: Spiritual Growth
OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, April 6, 2008
PROP.: Everyone fails. It’s what you do in the midst of that failure whether or not growth will take place.
INTRODUCTION: Hello and welcome! Please take an attendance pad and pass it down your pew!
You’ve no doubt heard the old cliché: No pain, no gain. Some of you may have even experienced this familiar phrase. It’s old. It’s true. Nobody ever escapes pain in the process of growth - not even Christians. From the weightlifter who has sore muscles, to the kid with skinned knees learning to ride his bike; pain is a process of growth. We sometimes forget that in order to become who Christ desires us to be, means that we have to stretch beyond our comfort. It’s that “stretching” that causes pain. It’s not pleasant. Not even a little bit. Our heart will ache. We will at times feel like a colossal failure. But that is not the end! Even Jesus our Lord “learned obedience from the things which He suffered” (Heb 5:8)
So I’ve titled this month’s messages: Growing Pains. Because, in order to become the Growing Church, we are going to look at one area that we are called to ‘stretch’. To grow!
Well today, we are going to see that spiritual growth takes place in the times we don’t expect it!
Today, God has called us to:
GROW THROUGH FAILURE
And maybe your saying, well that sounds like fun! Failing is never fun. It not kept in check, our failures can conjure up feelings of inadequacy and self esteem issues.
But, if kept in proper perspective, failure can produce growth!
T.S: How to grow through failure:
Our text is John’s 8th chapter. In this familiar account, I want us to focus our attention on the one we more often than not skip right over! You see, when we read this story, Bible scholars love to talk about the Pharisees and leaders of the Law. They love to talk about what was Jesus writing in the sand. They love to talk about how they were just trying to trap Jesus. Well, today, I want to focus on the adulterous woman! She was a real person, with a big-time failure that was made public!
Lets read the first 4 verses:
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
The first way to grow through failure is:
1. Admit your failure! (John 8:3,4)
The adulterous woman is not heard denying her actions. In fact, she was guilty. She was caught IN THE ACT OF adultery! Sometimes the best thing to do is to admit your wrong! But often times, the best thing and the hardest thing ends up being the same thing. It’s not easy to admit “hey, I was wrong.”
But when you admit your failure, you have conquered pride! Own your mistakes! Don’t shift the blame. Don’t say: “well it’s not really my fault…”