Dangerous Church Comfort Zones

“Comfort zones.” They are environments or situations 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.

No doubt, comfort zones can be a blessing, but they can also turn dangerous. Get too comfortable, and relationships, academic pursuits, careers, or walks with God can be damaged. When we allow ourselves to…

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

Consider some dangerous comfort zones that can cripple a church from the inside:

  • “I go to church, and that’s all that matters” (Isa 29:13)
  • “I just want to come and go, no strings attached” (Eph 4:11-12)
  • “I’m not interested in being corrected or held accountable” (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 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…” (Rom 12:11)
  • “We’ve arrived” (Amos 6:1)

This sermon was delivered on September 10, 2017.

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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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