The whole idea of spiritual maturity comes together in Paul’s summary of why the Church was given a variety of gifts for individuals to use through “the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3). The quote below from this same chapter is long, but I urge you to read it carefully. Tomorrow, I will go over some very important points. See if you can identify what they are before the next blog.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (4:11–16).
Try to answer these questions before tomorrow:
1. Why did Christ give the gift to individuals in the Church?
2. Give at least two purposes for using the gifts.
3. What are the dangers of not becoming mature?
4. Give at least three reasons why we should “speak the truth in love.”
5. Is this process for just a few in the Church, the body of Christ?
Looking forward to meeting with you right here tomorrow.
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