August 23, 2015, "Sloth... No Viable Pulse" Pastor David Doster

“Sloth… No Viable Pulse”

(Selected Passages)

I. Growing fever of apathy                                                                                                (Introduction)

II. What is sloth?

     A. Unpacking its essence

“The sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive only because there is nothing it would die for.”

                                                       Dorothy Sayers

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

                                   1 Corinthians 13:11

     B. Characteristics

          1. Carelessness

          2. Unwillingness to act

          3. Halfhearted effort

         4. Downcast countenance


III. Treacherous realities


     A. Hindered growth

     B. Inclined to quit

     C. Never neutral

     D. Dry seasons

IV. Dig down deep                                                                                                              (Application)


Do not quit

Resist resignation

Do not resort to artificial stimulants

Stand fast in your pursuit of assurance

Embrace the promises of God