Today's Message


Adult Talk about "Childish Things"

1 Corinthians 13:11

Airs: May 3 - May 5

While writing the Corinthians about the importance of love, Paul inserted a brief comment that speaks volumes to us in this series:

When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Interestingly, he mentions no specific age when he “became a man,” but it is clear that many of the things that characterize childhood were done away with once he grew into adulthood. What would that include? Specifically, which “childish things” have no business lingering once we become mature? Believe it or not, God’s expectation that we grow spiritually is firmly rooted in the Old Testament, where the prophets of old laid down a clear path for knowing God deeply.

May 3, 2016
Adult Talk about "Childish Things"
Growing Up in God's Family


  • May 6 - May 10 Three Proofs of Growth

    One of the most remarkable eras in the history of the church occurred during the first century. Shortly after Christ had left the earth, His disciples (who became apostles) led congregations into new and exciting vistas of faith. Though young and relatively inexperienced, the believers who comprised the first-century church showed evident marks of maturity…the children were now growing into adolescence! As we shall see from this particular account, they were willing to take Jesus’ teaching seriously and model those truths in the local church.

  • May 11 - May 13 Adolescents in Adult Bodies

    In the previous message we gave attention to three proofs of growth. We saw all three illustrated in an early church congregation (Acts 4:32-37). Although young in the faith, those Jerusalem believers demonstrated a growth toward maturity that was commendable. But this condition was not found throughout all congregations. As is true today, there were some who were old enough to be well on their way to maturity, but they preferred to remain immature and irresponsible…adolescents in adult bodies.

  • May 16 - May 18 When Peter Pan Comes to Church

    In our previous time together, we were introduced to a syndrome that has plagued our society for years. Thanks to Dr. Dan Kiley, we have a name for it—the “Peter Pan Syndrome”—and the more we study it, the more we understand what we are dealing with. Although the name is new, the problem is old. In fact, we can trace its roots all the way back to the fall of man in the garden. As we shall see, not even the early church was free of this insidious problem.

  • May 19 - May 23 What’s Right about Adolescence?

    If we are not careful we could easily get the impression that adolescence is a disease with headaches and heartaches, pressure and pain as its only symptoms. Not so! Adjustments and struggles may be present, but not to the exclusion of tremendous growth and remarkable achievements. These can be some of the most exciting years of one's spiritual pilgrimage. All adolescents are not horizontally irresponsible and vertically insensitive. As we shall soon discover, there are cases on record in Scripture where people this age lived exemplary lives in spite of the odds against them.

  • May 24 - May 26 Reasons We Resist Becoming Mature

    Tough though it may be to admit it, most of us resist growing up. We say all the things that suggest otherwise, but in reality, we resist launching out into the ocean of adulthood. We much prefer the security of the shoreline—being able to touch bottom, not having to hassle with the swells, currents, and windstorms of the vast sea with all its demands. Give us the safety of the harbour any day! But God would have us brave the elements, to risk, to become models of maturity…to grow up.