Dr Shawn Smith -The Teleios Man (Growing Up in Him)

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Dr Shawn Smith -The Teleios Man (Growing Up in Him)





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Dr Shawn Smith -The Teleios Man (Growing Up in Him)



Growing Up in Christ

Eph. 4:11-16

Dr Shawn Smith -The Teleios Man (Growing Up in Him)

Introduction:

  1. God wants His church to grow and is not satisfied with anything less.

  2. Churches grow when individual members grow

  3. God has a plan for our growth, and only when we follow His plan will we grow

  4. We need each other to grow (1 Cor. 12:14-19)

  1. God Gave Gifts Build up the Body (4:11-13)

  1. God gave the church to bless us; God gave us to bless the church

  2. When God gave miraculous gifts, they were to benefit everyone (1 Cor. 12:7 “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

  3. The nature of the gifts:

  4. apostles

  5. prophets

  6. evangelists

  7. shepherds (elders) and teachers

  8. The purpose of the gifts:

  9. for the equipping of the saints

  10. for the work of service,

  11. to the building up of the body of Christ;

  12. The Vision for the gifts: “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

  13. unity of the faith (Christian faith—all believing the truth)

  14. knowledge of the Son of God (to have close relationship with Jesus)

  15. to a mature man

  16. to be living a life to the measure of Christ (Christ like, walking worthy)

  1. Why God Wants us to be Mature (4:14)

  1. Here Paul contrasts the child/baby from the grown-up

  2. The child:

  • Wavering: tossed here and there by waves, (culture)

  • Gullible: carried about by every wind of doctrine, (new ideas)

  • Easily deceived: by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; (Satan’s lies)

  1. The mature person:

  • Stable and resolute

  • Grounded

  • Discerning

  1. Col. 2:1-7

III. How We Keep Growing (4:15,16)

  1. Speak the truth in love

  2. we need the truth in our lives always

  3. we need love in our lives always

  4. Keep your focus on Christ

  5. we are to grow up in all aspects into the head

  6. Col. 3:1-4

  7. Stay closely connected to other members of the body

  8. the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies,

  9. you have an obligation to keep the church united and loving

  10. Eph. 4:1-3

  11. Do your part to serve in the Lord’s work

  12. The proper working of each individual part.

  13. God wants every member working properly

  14. When you fail to do your part, you leave a hole that others must fill.

  15. No one can do what you can do!

Conclusion:

  1. It would be sad to be physically grown but spiritually immature.

  2. Sadly, some Christians remain as babies

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