Sermon on Spiritual Weakness

 Sermon on Spiritual Weakness


On a crucial aspect of our Christian journey – spiritual weakness. While it is human to experience moments of weakness, we should never allow ourselves to become complacent in this state. The Word of God urges us to grow and mature in our faith continually. Let us explore what the Scriptures teach us about the importance of pursuing spiritual strength and maturity.


  • Continued weakness
  • Bible does mention weakness, Rom. 14:1
  • This is not to be permanent
  • There is no safety in continued weakness
  • Willingness to accept mediocrity, Matt. 12:30
  • A tacit acceptance of occasional attendance
  • A refusal to make a decision

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I. We Ought to Never Feel Comfortable in Our Weakness (Hebrews 5:12-14)

The book of Hebrews rebukes those who remain stagnant in their faith, content with spiritual immaturity. The author expresses disappointment that they have not progressed to understand the deeper truths of God's Word. As Christians, we must recognize that spiritual growth is a lifelong process. We are called to continually seek a deeper understanding of God's teachings, allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us from within.

II. Peter Encourages Growth, Not Weakness (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)

The apostle Peter urges believers to desire spiritual nourishment like newborn infants crave milk. We are to be hungry for God's Word, eager to grow and be strengthened in our faith. Peter's second letter further emphasizes the importance of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our pursuit of spiritual growth should be relentless, constantly seeking to know God more intimately and apply His principles in our lives.

III. Are We Doing What We Can to Be Stronger? (2 Peter 1:10)

Peter challenges us to evaluate our spiritual condition honestly. Are we actively working to strengthen our faith? It requires intentional effort on our part, drawing closer to God through prayer, studying the Scriptures, and seeking accountability within the Christian community. Let us not be content with where we are but strive for a deeper relationship with God.

IV. We Should Desire Excellent Things (Philippians 1:10)

The apostle Paul encourages the Philippian church to approve excellent things. As Christians, we should seek to prioritize what is truly valuable and edifying. Pursuing spiritual strength and maturity should be at the top of our list. This means making deliberate choices to grow in our faith and focus on the things of God rather than worldly distractions.

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V. We Are to Strive for Maturity (Philippians 3:13-16)

Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, emphasizes that he has not yet attained perfection but presses on toward maturity in Christ. He urges them to do the same – forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. Let us be driven by a hunger for spiritual growth, leaving behind our old ways and striving for maturity in our walk with Christ.

VI. Mediocrity Is Ruled Out (Ephesians 5:27)

The church is called to be without blemish, holy, and radiant, just like a bride prepared for her bridegroom. This requires constant vigilance against spiritual weakness and a commitment to pursuing holiness. Mediocrity has no place in the life of a believer; we are called to be set apart and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Spiritual weakness is something we all face at times, but we must never grow comfortable in it. Instead, let us heed the exhortations of Scripture to pursue spiritual growth, maturity, and strength in Christ. Through prayer, studying God's Word, and the support of a loving Christian community, we can overcome our weaknesses and be transformed into the image of Christ. May we reject mediocrity and embrace the excellence that comes from knowing and following our Lord Jesus Christ. As we strive for maturity, let us draw nearer to Him and become the shining beacons of His light in this world. Amen.

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