Ephesians 4:13 says, This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. The purpose of the Christian life is to be more like Jesus. A couple of days ago we started looking at the character of Jesus. Here is the rest of the list from https://bible.org:
Are you becoming more like Jesus by producing these traits in your life?
Ephesians 4:13 says, This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. This verse relates to verses 11-12 which talk about the purpose of teachers and pastors is to equip God's people to serve. Verse 14 goes further to explain that it also helps us to be spiritually mature and grow more like Christ.
The goal of the Christian is to be more like Jesus. So, what is Jesus like? According to https://bible.org Jesus is:
Are you growing more like Jesus in these characteristics?
Part 2 of this study to follow later this week.
Ephesians 4:11-12 in the NIV says, So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Here is a brief explanation of these giftings:
Apostles - God's delegates, representatives or ambassadors.
Prophets - who speak the words of God.
Evangelist - who are gifted to teach the Good News of Jesus to non-believers; missionaries.
Pastors and Teachers - who shepherd the flock and provide Bible teaching.
The purpose of these gifts are to build up the church, in number and maturity. God doesn't give these giftings just to people employed by the church, he gives them to many lay people as well.
It's like God gave you a broom - you're not meant to hang it on the wall and admire it, you're meant to use it. What gifts do you think God has given you? How can you use them?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.