“… to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge ofWhat is the purpose of church?
the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” – Ephesians 4: 12,13
Christ has given the given each of us gifts to serve him, he has called people into a variety of areas of service. Too often we spend all the time contemplating what is our service and the various gifts that have been given. The emphasis in the passage Ephesians 4:1-16 that we will be looking at this morning is on the purpose of these gifts, the ministries that have been given.
Our purpose is to build up the body of Christ – that is the church. Building the Church is not about the bricks and mortar, nor is it about congregation
size, rather it is about reaching unity, about becoming mature. Paul started this discussion with a call to be humble, gentle, patient and to bear one
another in love. He points out that if we are mature we will not be spending all our time discussing the latest book or doctrine, rather what we will be doing is to speak the truth in love.
Our purpose then is to be people who hold to the truth in love. It is about being both of these, it is not an either or, it is not that one is more important than the other, if either is lacking then we are far from mature.
As we begin this new year, let us reaffirm our desire to be known as people who are seeking to grow in the Lord, to build up one another.