Chapter 11 – Stunted Growth

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Define “stunted” growth.
  • Identify factors that hinder spiritual growth and multiplication.
  • Provide Biblical remedies to correct such problems.

INTRODUCTION

There are many factors which affect the normal growth and development of the human body. Lack of proper food retards physical growth. Various diseases also affect development. When there is lack of growth in the human body, a remedy must be found to correct the problem or else growth will be “stunted.” When growth is “stunted,” the body does not develop properly.

As you have learned, the Bible compares the church to a physical body. Like a physical body, its growth and development is affected by many factors. Sometimes problems occur in the church. These problems can “stunt” spiritual growth. When spiritual growth is “stunted” the church does not multiply properly. There is a lack of new converts and disciples and an absence of spiritual maturity.

Jesus said “I will build my church.” We cannot cause multiplication ourselves, but we can remove conditions that prevent growth. When we do so, we are creating the proper spiritual climate in which growth can occur. This chapter lists common problems that prevent multiplication. For each problem a Biblical remedy is provided.

 

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.