Growing Up

Sunday, Mar. 22

Eph. 4:11-13 speaks of the church body being built up, that is, becoming mature. The context is that the church would then be able to function properly in terms of reaching the lost. Paul then turns to the maturation process of an individual member. Verse 14 speaks of growing from infancy to maturity. The result is stability, understanding the truth, and being able to speak the truth in love. Then he goes back to the maturity of the whole body, relating it to the individual parts of the body, similar to Paul’s analogy in 1 Cor. 12. This is significant because if the whole body is to mature, the individual parts of the body must mature. Can you imagine a grown man with mature legs and a baby feet dandling at the end? Or a fully developed right arm and a two year old’s left arm? The point is that the members of a church need to grow into maturity together so that the whole church body can function properly in reaching this lost world. For this to happen, we have to be responsible for one another. If a member is not growing, we should be concerned. “We are our brother’s keeper.” Failure to care for each other and building up one another undermines the main function of the church. We must help each other grow

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