Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, has highlighted the role of certain gifted men in the church. They are to equip the saints so that they can do the work of service in building up the body of Christ.
Remember this does not just refer to the ministry of evangelism. Paul is speaking of using spiritual gifts, prayer, giving, and all acts of love to accomplish His purposes. The teaching of truth brings about the right responses in God's people.
By truth we do not mean mere intellectual truth or simple historical facts. The Lord sanctifies His people by the truth about His person and ways. By revealing these things to His people, they can be released from different forms of bondage (such as doubt and fears). Once free, they can then focus on doing what is right. We are not just to teach the Bible facts but enable our students to encounter God through our studies.
We need to ask a few questions to help us think more clearly here. What is the 'mature man' that Paul speaks of like? If we say that the road to maturity is 0 to 100, where are you at? What about those in the congregation where you attend? How do those people get to be like Christ? Is that what is happening in the churches around you?
Let's take a closer look at how we have been doing in our own churches. Next
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