1.1. Study Material

Précis and Class Outcome:  

Immaturity is the leading cause for marital conflict, domestic violence, community unrest, church splits, business failures and a host of human maladies. This class focuses attention on the need to grow into mature behaviour. After studying this class you should be able to recognize the need for maturity and the purpose for the ministry.

Text:   Ephesians 4:11-13

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints [katartismios – complete, furnishing, perfecting], for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man [teleios – complete, growth, mental and moral character, of full age, man, perfect], unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 

   Apostles:   Ap-os’-tol-os – A delegate, ambassador, messenger, set apart one, one sent

   Prophets:   Prof-ay’-tace – One that speaks forth, a foreteller, an inspired speaker, poet

   Evangelists:  Yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace’ – A preacher, an announcer of Good News

   Pastors:   Poy-mane’ – A shepherd

   Teachers:   Did-as’-kal-os – An instructor, doctor, master, teacher. 

Body:   

1.1  Important Observations

Youth comes only once but immaturity can remain throughout a lifetime. The offspring are often more mature than their parents. Two characteristics of every healthy organism are movement and growth. This is the expressed purpose of the Gospels and is clearly the import of Paul’s instruction to the early church. The purpose of these ministries is to (katartismos) complete furnishing the saints until they grow into mental and moral (teleios) perfection. This is an ongoing process that needs much attention.

   1. Everyone Is Gifted – 1 Peter 4:10-11

   2. Each Person Is Equipped For A Specific Task – Romans 12:4-5

   3. The Gifting Is NOT and Office, Rank, Status, Position, 

Title, Position, Authority

   4. The Gifting Is A Function – Verb;  A Service – Something I DO!

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect [teleios] in Christ Jesus… (Colossians 1:27-29) 

1.2    Why do people go to church?  – To Experience God and Grow 

   1.  Great Fellowship 4.  Good Music       7.  To Experience God   (80%)

   2.  Business Contacts 5.  Learn About God     8.  Grow – Isaiah 61:3

   3.  Special Events 6.  Be A Part Of Something

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; [tel-i-o-tace’, meaning complete, finished, mature] not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will be done, if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3) Grow up! (2 Peter 3:18)

Youth  Is  A  Gift.    Maturity  Is  An  Art !