A Mature Church

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Ephesians 4:11-13 (NET) It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.

When Segun and Victor were much younger in the faith, they had very divergent views about many minor things they thought were important. For instance, Segun did not believe that Victor understood the gospel because he attended a church where ladies wore jewelry. Victor believed Segun was too legalistic because he believed ladies shouldn’t wear jewelry, etc. They both couldn’t fellowship together nor did they truly see each other as brethren of the same spiritual family.

But as Segun and Victor became more spiritually mature, they found that the issues that caused disunity between them were minor issues. The real thing that was the burden of their hearts was to see the establishment of the kingdom of God in their nation. It was no more about which dressing mode was more appropriate or what they had to show that they were doing well materially.

We can see from today’s passage that the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sent to build up the body of Christ until we all attain the unity of the faith, which is a product of corporate maturity. They do this by preaching and teaching. The sign of maturity in the body is unity. Unity is not necessarily uniformity. Unity is spiritual and can only be attained when believers are spiritual and no more carnal, uniformity is outward and can be achieved by fleshly designs.

When the prevalent doctrines in the church are teachings centered on materialism(baby doctrines), there would be prevalent spiritual infancy in the church.

Go into today remembering that disunity in the church is usually a product of lack of spiritual maturity. The Corinthian church was full of spiritual babies, and this was manifested by the disunity in the church. Some said they were with Paul and others said they were with Apollos.

Prayer: Lord, empower your ministers to edify the church with sound doctrine. Bring the church in my generation to attain the unity of the faith and spiritual maturity.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year:I Chronicles 15-19

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