May 12, 2019 | Rev. Kerry Carson

Maturing Each Other In Christ

Ephesians 4:11-16

"(11) And that Christ gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God's people. (12) Christ gave these gifts to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. (13) This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become like a full-grown man - to look just like Christ and have all His perfection. (14) Then we will no longer be like babies. We will not be people who are always changing like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to deceive us - those who make clever plans and use every kind of truck to fool others into following the wrong way. (15) No, we will speak the truth with love. We will grow to be like Christ in ever way. He is the head, and the whole body depends on Him. (16) All the parts of the body are joined and held together, with each part doing its own work. This causes the whole body to grow and to be stronger in love."

Prayer for Illumination

Maturing Each Other In Christ

1. Our Mission: Preparation for Service

a) Our Continuing Mission...
b) Becoming a Community of Servants
c) Taking Delight in Growing Others

2. Outcome One: Speaking Truth in Love

a) Goal: Build Up, not Tear Down
b) "I wouldn't tell you if I didn't care."
c) Creating the Context for Sharing

3. Outcome Two: Growing Stronger in Love

a) Redefining Church "Success"
b) Love for God = Loving Others
c) Overcoming the "Selfish Syndrome"

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