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Reading: Westminster Confession of Faith 25.3, Ephesians 4:1-16 Text: Ephesians 4:11-13
The Bible is quite clear that its God’s will for our lives that we don’t remain spiritual babies but that we grow into spiritual maturity. God wants us all to grow up .We’re not meant to remain as children blown about by every wind of doctrine but we are to ‘grow up’ and become Christ-like.
That is the ultimate goal of spiritual growth; to approximate more and more the character of Christ. Elsewhere Paul wrote, “For those whom God fore-knew he predestined to conform to the likeness of his son so that He. Jesus Christ. might the firstborn among many brothers.
So then how does it happen how do we become mature in Christ?
1. How spiritual maturity doesn’t happen
By a few super saints
It is not something you have no control over
Not just about gaining knowledge
Not just a private and personal matter
2. The source of Spiritual growth
Vs 11 “he gave some to be…”
3. A variety of gifts
Apostles, Prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers
4. The purpose of the gifts
Perfecting and equipping
Unity and maturity