“I just wish they would grow up already”. Sometimes as Christians we are our own worst enemy! We fight each other and backbite. We blame and are hypocritial. Just being real. It is so sad to see how sometimes we as Christians live just like everyone else. In fact it seems as if Jr. High drama has never ended. One gossip and lie and a whole fire is set in the body of Christ.
If we are a family in God, it is a perspective change we need! We need to look at ourselves first! We need to help each other grow by loving others and working on our own lives. Leave the petty differences behind and Grow.
How to grow in God:
loving others with God’s help.
1- Always be humble & gentle.
2- Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of our love from God.
3-Make every effort to keep ourselves united as believers, binding ourselves together with peace that comes from the Holy Spirit.
5 Signs we are maturing in God:
- We find unity with others because of our faith in God.
- We are not swayed or influenced by every “new” idea out there… you know the truth found in the bible and can easily stand firm. We are not a spiritual roller-coaster: constantly up and down.
- We have to learned the art of Speaking the truth in LOVE> an immature-insecure believer is very harsh
- We will be continually growing and pursuing growth – becoming more and more like Jesus in every way.
- We will become secure in the part God has given us to fit in his church. We will do our own special work and it will help the other parts of the church you serve to grow…. Our function will be causing the WHOLE church body to be healthy and growing and full of love.
“I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.” = UNITY.
Here are a few thoughts on the leaders God has placed in His church-
The bible states that their mission and responsibility to equip the believer to do God’s work and build the church.
It is not the church leaders job to become the superman. lol- not called to take over and run everything.
The leaders job is to oversee the church & help us grow up in God, discover our gifts and how they work together with the church…. learning how to serve others. From the leaders down, God intended his church to be a place to serve, not be served.
Prophets: Speaks an accurate word from God to his church – can be directional, encouraging, confirming.
Evangelists: Called to the Lost… to Bring people to Jesus in new and innovative ways – Preaches Good News of Hope and Grace
Pastors: Overseer of the church. loves people. Can preach the word of God. Responsible to God for the Church entrusted to them.
Teachers: Breaks down the word of God and can accurately divide and explain the word of God to others so they can learn.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:2-16 NLT)