Summary: Let’s Grow Up! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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Reading: Hebrews chapter 5 verse 11 to chapter 6 verse 3.


Children’s Wisdom

• Patrick aged 10

• “Never trust a dog to watch your food”

• Michael aged 14

• “When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don't answer him”

• Joel, aged 10

• “Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a cricket bat”

• Andrew aged 9

• “Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Polo mint”

• Taylia aged 11

• “When your mum is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair”

• Armir aged 9

• “You can't hide a piece of broccoli in your milk”

• Mitchell aged 12

• “Don't sneeze in front of your mum, when you're eating a cracker”

• Michael aged 14

• “Never tell your mum her diet's not working”


• It might not be considered wisdom;

• But I would guess everyone in this room has said it at sometime to someone;

• Those immortal words; “Grow up!”

• Or a similar phrase; “Why don’t you act your age?”

Growth is important to all of us:

• Ill: From the moment you were born you were weighed and measured.

• Ill: As children how many of you had a growth chart or marks on the wall/door frame?

• Growth is the sign of a healthy child;

• And if a child is stunted in their growth it usually it means that something is seriously wrong


• What is true in a physical sense has a spiritual parallel.

• You come into God’s family the same way you entered your physical family;

• By being born into it - i.e. ‘Born again’ – i.e. a baby.

• Now in the physical realm;

• We grow into healthy children, teenagers, adults by taking in nourishment, by exercising etc.

• It is an automatic process that happens without us really noticing.

• Ill: Our own kids every so often their clothes don’t fit – growth spurt etc.

• Now in the spiritual realm the experience can be very different;

• The number of years you have been a Christian does not mean you are growing!

• True you are growing older but you are not in practice growing up!

• i.e. becoming spiritually mature.


• A man, after 25 years with one company,

• Was still doing the same old job and drawing the same salary.

• Finally he went to his boss and told him he felt he had been neglected.

• “After all,” he said, “I’ve had 25 of experience.”

• His boss sighed and said:

• “You haven’t had 25 of experience, you’ve had one experience for 25 years.”


• This passage in the book of Hebrews;

• Helps us to recognise if we are maturing or stagnant in our spiritual growth.

• These verses are really tragic;

• The picture they present to us is more like a nursery school than a Church.

I want to split the passage under 4 headings:

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