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Summary: Just as we expect our children to grow, mature, and excell, God expects the same from His children. We are either regressing or, "Taking it to the next level."

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Taking It To The Next Level 2

“The Procedure of Performance”

By: Pastor Donny Granberry

Good morning and welcome to Central. A special thank you to all of our guest’s this morning. Be sure to stop be the information booth to receive your gift for being our guest today.

This past Sunday Morning I began a message series on ‘Taking it to the Next Level.”

The word of God tells us, “From glory to glory He’s changing me.”

Can I add that if it is God who is changing us, He is changing us for the good and taking us to the next level.

Last week our topic on ‘Taking it to the Next Level,” was “The Process of Progress.”

To grow in life we must have continual progress as we go from day to day.

We must remember something; progress does not always have the physical appearance of progress.

Hebrews 6:1 NIV

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.

Philippians 3:12-14 NIV

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

There are a couple of things we must understand about the procedure of performance.

1. The Leaving

Hebrews 6:1a “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.”

When you left the teachings you learned in Elementary School and went on to Intermediate School, you did not forsake, or abandon those teachings, you added to, or built upon those teachings.

Here in our text this morning, leaving does not mean to abandon, but to move beyond.

It means letting go of one to embrace another.

ILLUSTRATION

Most all little boys play war. I know we did when we were young boys.

We would get out our toy soldiers, tanks, guns, and arsenal of weapons that the toy store sold, and go out into the neighborhood and woods and have battle after battle.

If you were to go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you would not see our fighting men and women put down the weapons they have been issued, and pick up toy guns, helmets, tanks, and soldiers and go off into the fight.

Another thought, if you were to look across the congregation today, you will not see grown ladies playing with baby dolls.

Moving to the next level requires:

• Letting go

• Having a willingness to change

• Leaving your comfort zone

• Being dissatisfied with the status Quo – which leads to repression, not progression, to stagnation, not acceleration.

ILLUSTRATION

This week, in my physical therapy, they had me start riding a stationary bike.

I get on that thing and peddle my heart out, yet I do not go anywhere because it is stationary.

One thing that will keep you stationary (stagnant) and not accelerating is not, “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”


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