Welcome to Day 9 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. Today’s post was written by Denis Johnson, our Worship and Teaching Pastor at The Father’s House in Rochester, New York. Check out the Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 9 – Spiritual Maturity
The journey of parenting is about helping children mature to the point that when they are older they would be strong, stable, and prepared for the challenges of life. Adults who fail to mature incur a lifetime of drama and problems. Hear Paul’s warning and encouragement to us to continue our journey of growth and maturation as followers of Christ.
READ – Ephesians 4:7-16
7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 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, 14 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. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 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.
REFLECT – Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone:
- Question 1: What is the purpose of church leaders?
- Question 2: Why does Paul believe spiritual maturation is critical?
RESPOND – Invite the Lord to illuminate the areas in your life where you can grow spiritually. Establish a growth plan so that you can continue toward attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
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