Nov 13, 2013

Grow Up: Helping Spiritual Babies to...

Ephesians 4:11-16
Before we leave Ephesians 4:14, I want to offer a couple additional thoughts on spiritual babies and how they can become mature in Christ. As we saw in yesterday's reflection , we are not to be infants who are "tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and...Read more +
Nov 12, 2013

Grow Up: How Do You Know If You're a...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's reflection , we saw that Paul shifts from talking about the growth of the church as a whole to focusing on the maturity of individual members. If the church is reaching the whole measure of the fullness of Christ, then we will no longer be babies. Each one...Read more +
Nov 11, 2013

God’s Call to Justice

Psalm 82:1-8
Psalm 82 envisions a heavenly court in which God, as judge, pronounces judgment on the gods for their failure to do justice (82:1). Verses 3 and 4 contain divine imperatives, not only for heavenly beings, but for all of God’s creatures, including us: “Give justice to the poor and the...Read more +
Nov 11, 2013

Grow Up: Don’t Be a Baby!

Ephesians 4:11-16
Growing up in a family of four children, there were times when my siblings and I would throw selfish fits. Perhaps we had to share our Halloween candy when we didn't want to. Or perhaps somebody borrowed our toys and didn't put them back. Or maybe one of us was...Read more +
Nov 10, 2013

O God, Do Not Be Silent!

Psalm 83:1-18
Psalm 83 begins with a bold request: "O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God." This is one of scores of places in the Psalms where the psalm writer does not hold back from making what sounds like demands on the Almighty...Read more +
Nov 8, 2013

Grow Up: Is Your Church Becoming More and...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's reflection , we saw that the church as the body of Christ is to reach "the perfect man," that is, the stature and character of Christ himself. The last phrase of Ephesians 4:13 makes a similar point with different language: "attaining to the whole measure of the fullness...Read more +
Nov 7, 2013

Grow Up: Who in the World Is the Perfect...

Ephesians 4:11-16
According to most English translations of Ephesians 4:13, we are to "become mature." That's what the NIV says. The NRSV says we're to come "to maturity." The NLT has, "that we will be mature in the Lord." In the ESV, we're to attain "to mature manhood." According to the Message...Read more +
Nov 6, 2013

Grow Up: The Knowledge That Leads to Unity...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's post , we focused on "the faith that leads to unity and growth." Today, we will attend to the next phrase in Ephesians 4:13: "until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God ." What sort of knowledge leads to...Read more +
Nov 5, 2013

Grow Up: The Faith That Leads to Unity and...

Ephesians 4:11-16
In yesterday's reflection , we observed that the body of Christ is to grow up "until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God" (4:13). Today, I want to focus on faith at it appears in this verse. What kind of faith leads...Read more +
Nov 4, 2013

Grow Up: What Do We Need If We're...

Ephesians 4:11-16
Last Friday , we reflected on the fact that our growth as the body of Christ entails growing into deeper unity. Our passage from Ephesians reveals that all of God's people are to engage in "works of service" or ministry, "so that the body of Christ may be built up...Read more +