How does the church grow strong?
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
God uses pastors and teachers to equip the Saints so that we can be spiritually prepared to serve in areas of ministry.
When we are born into this world, we are physically weak and it takes years to develop into an adult. When we are saved and become a new believer in Christ Jesus we are spiritually weak requiring development to become strong in the Faith.
The Lord blessed me by allowing me to grow up in a home where parents lived the Faith and taught me the truths of Christ. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of Temple Baptist Church for over 50 years, where God has used pastors and bible teachers to prepare me for the works of service so that the Body of Christ, the Church, could be built up. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that all scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
The challenge for me is to be consistent in the studying of God’s word and being active in the gathering of God’s people which is the bride of Christ, His church.
As a believer, are you growing stronger or are you allowing yourself to stay weak in the faith?Take the challenge to be discipled and grow strong where you can be used to make a difference in the world today.
Questions to Ponder
In Christ’s church, today, who does the equipping of the saints?
Who are the saints? (Ephesians 1:1)
Is the “work of the ministry,” (spiritual service), required of every Christian, not just church leaders? (1 Cor. 15:58)
How do Pastors and Teachers equip the saints for ministry? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Scripture Memory | May | Ephesians 4:15
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”