"By This Time You Ought to Be"

Introduction:  Today, I'd like to spend a few minutes thinking about how we may not live up to our potential in spiritual matters. Jesus has an interesting parable about this in Luke 13:6-9. Let's consider three areas today where we ought to be" further than we are...


I.  By This Time You Ought to Be _______________(Hebrews 5:12-14)


    A. Christianity is a _________________ religion (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2).

    B. _____________________are, then, vital to the lifeblood of a church (Ephesians 4:11-12).

    C. Yet, some who ought to be ________________are not (Hebrews 5:12-14; Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2).


II. By This Time You Ought to Be _____________________


    A. There is another "________________" and "______________"passage in the letter written to

    the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; cp. 6:5; 2 Corinthians 12: 20-21).   

    B. We may expect lack of _________________from those who are _______________in the faith

    (Luke 8:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14).

    C. Yet, there also comes a time we expect Christians to quit being so __________-maintenance

    and needy and to start __________________ (Galatians 6:1-5; John 15:5, 8).


III.  By This Time You Ought to Be __________________


    A. In Acts we read about the ________________of Saul (Acts 9, 22, 26).

    B.  Ananias asks, "And now why are you ____________? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your

    sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

    C. That's a great question to ask if you are not a ________________(John 12:42-43; Acts 2:22-42)?


Conclusion: Where are you on your spiritual walk? Where should you be?


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