growing-in-christ-logo1Do you see the apple on the tree or the tree within the apple? In other words in the lives of others can you see them ripening and/or replanting?

Maturity in Christ is a process of living out spiritual disciplines over time…even a lifetime. When I think of our church I see people growing in their walk with Christ. Hearing their stories of abiding in Christ is uplifting. At times the opposite is true as some have forsaken the spiritual disciplines of staying in the Word, prayer and serving. But as we do life together, it is easy to recognize that students and adult are living out their faith in schools, workplace, homes and neighborhoods.

In this week’s Bible Study in Ephesians 4: 11-16 we are reminded that being connected as a church means growing as individuals in the Body. There are some among us who help equip us in that walk according to this passage. Think about who is coaching, mentoring, counseling or walking with you.

Over the years there have been many scorecards to measure our maturity/growth in Christ. Some scorecards measure by “nickels and noses”. Other scorecards are more descriptive or essay in nature as we hear and develop stories of our lives intertwining with others through Jesus. Regardless, Ephesians 4:13 says that our maturity/growth is “measured by Christ’s fullness”.  We must compare ourselves to Him and not to other individuals and for the sake of all, glorify God in our conversations and lives.

As I think about our church I am so encouraged to see the growth and maturity of people. Watching lives develop in Jesus and seeing people being transformed into Christ-likeness thrills me. There are so many opportunities that Summerville Baptist provides for personal spiritual growth so that we might impact our city. God has used SBC to share a consistent message and direction so that through the decades people have been enabled and equipped.  We must continue to engage in consistent daily spiritual practices so we may live by the Spirit and leverage our lives for His Name.

Things to Ponder:
How could you measure your growth in Christ up to this point?
Think about how you have grown in terms of loving people, forgiving others, speaking truth in love.
Are you growing in your knowledge of the Word?
Maturity and unity (Eph. 4:13) have a connection. Describe it.
Who do you know that is uncertain spiritually (being tossed to and fro) and how can you be an anchor for them?

What are your thoughts?

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