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Growing Together By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, July 16, 2018

Theme: The Relevant Church

Topic: Growing Together

Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 4:10-16

Main Text
Ephesians 4:16
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Growing together is an effective way to build a relevant Church and attain the ultimate goal of maturing unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Christ. The Body of Christ must grow up together as a unit. It is frustrating and fruitless when some parts of the Body grow up and others don’t. The Church should not be made up of children who are tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).

Growing up is the process by which the Body of Christ increases in wisdom, strength, holiness, power and grace. The Church cannot fulfil its purpose on earth without growing up. Growing up is the gateway to greatness. The manner in which we have to grow up is demonstrated by the growth of our Lord Jesus Christ when He was on earth. Though He was God manifested in the flesh, He grew up to set an example for us. Being born again does not exclude us from growing up. The infilling of the Holy Ghost is not a substitute for spiritual growth. If Jesus had to increase in stature, we have to do likewise and we must do it together (Luke 2:52).

It is selfish to see yourself as an independent entity who can choose to grow or refuse to do so. Growth should be holistic in order to be effective. It is unhealthy to grow in some aspects of life and refuse to grow in others. A relevant church is one that grows in every dimension that is essential to the fulfilment of Christ’s purpose on earth. We are to “grow up into him in all things” and not in some things (Ephesians 4:15).

Prayer:
1. Pray for the grace to grow spiritually, and not be a weak link in the Body of Christ.
2. Pray also for the grace to communicate effectively with other members of the Body of Christ.

Extract From:
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)

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