Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
There is an oversight in the Church. Too often when a person decides to follow Jesus or goes public with their faith through baptism we send them away with a pat on the back and a thumbs up while saying “You’re good!” But what really happened in this moment is that brand new follower of Jesus was just pulled all the way back to a state of infancy. They might not be drooling or wearing diapers but they are in the most spiritually dependent state they’ve ever been in.
Here is how the oversight happens: We assume their new dependency will be on God. Pretty easy assumption to make, I know. But we’re wrong. Like a child to its mother, a new follow of Christ’s first dependency is on the Church. And the Church, by doing everything we’re called to in Ephesians 4, must help a new believer grow up so the Church would be built up.
Where do we start? While I’m in favor of and have implemented deeper discipleship systems and strategies at Mission, we all just need a simple Grow Up Strategy.
Here’s our Grow Up Strategy at Mission: Gather | Connect | Serve | Give | Live
- Gather: Show up! Don’t neglect gathering together. Gather on the weekend.
- Connect: Circle up! Find your circle. Join a Mission Group.
- Serve: Sign up! Use your gifts. Serve on a Mission Team.
- Give: Give up! Practice generosity. Give back to God.
- Live: Look up! Bless those already around you. Live Missionally.
@@Every one of us must continue to grow up to build up the Church. How are you helping people take their first steps towards growing up in your church?@@
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