Today's Bible Reading:

Dangerous Church Comfort Zones

Dangerous Church Comfort Zones

A “comfort zone” is an environment or situation in which a person or group of people feel secure or at ease, an established lifestyle in which comfort is enjoyed as long as there is no drastic change.

Comfort zones can be a blessing, but they can also turn dangerous when we allow ourselves to…

  1. Feel satisfied (“Relax, eat, drink, be merry,” Luke 12:19)
  2. Stop (“I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God,” Rev 3:2)
  3. Settle (“I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing,” Rev 3:17)
  4. Stumble (“Return…for you have stumbled because of your iniquity,” Hos 14:1)
  5. Slide (“Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding?” Jer 8:5)
  6. Stagnate (“You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead,” Rev 3:1)

The stagnation often experienced in our comfort zones can damage our relationships, our academic pursuits, our careers, and our walks with God.

Dangerous Comfort Zones That Will Cripple a Church From the Inside

  • “I go to church, therefore I’m a Christian.” (Isa 29:13)
  • “I’m a consumer, and that’s all I’m interested in being.” (Eph 2:10)
  • “I just want to come and go, no strings attached.” (Eph 2:19)
  • “I have no interest in being corrected or held accountable.” (2 Tim 4:1-5; Heb 13:17)
  • “I don’t have to ____, that’s why we have ____.” (Eph 4:15-16)
  • “I want a church that looks like me.” (Rev 7:9-10)
  • “That’s just the way we’ve always done it.” (1 Cor 15:58)
  • “I don’t want anything to change; I like things just the way they are.” (Eph 1:22-23)
  • “I’ve done my part, now it’s time for somebody else to step up while I relax.” (Rom 12:11)
  • “We’ve arrived.” (Amos 6:1)

This sermon was delivered on May 31, 2015.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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