OPENING PRAYER: Father, please help me to grow to the full stature of Jesus Christ.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should ask the members this question: God promises to sanctify His name. How?
MEMORY VERSE: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: – Ephesians 4:13
BIBLE TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-15 (KJV)
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Jesus Christ, our saviour and redeemer remains the unchangeable head of the church. – Colossians 1:8, Hebrews 8:13
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
LESSON AIM: To encourage every believer to take steps and to grow to the full stature of Christ.
At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Explain why God does not encourage stagnation in His kingdom.
ii. Strive always to follow all biblical doctrines on how a Christian can grow to maturity in Christ.
TEXT REVIEW: EPHESIANS 4:1-15
i. God, who is our father, expect us, His children, to grow daily to maturity.
ii. In so doing, we will not be tossed to and fro by any wave of the doctrine of this world.
iii. Maturity comes when you always study the word of God.
The leader should use the teaching/lecture method.
Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are two outlines:
A. WHY THE GIFTS?
1. Perfecting of the saints. – Ephesians 4:12
2. For the work of the ministry. – Ephesians 4:12
3. For the edifying of the body of Christ. – Ephesians 4:12
4. For maturing into the full stature of Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 4:13
5. For deep knowledge of Christ which cannot be tossed around by false doctrines. – Ephesians 4:14
B. HOW TO GROW TO THE FULL STATURE OF JESUS CHRIST:
1. Become a prisoner of Jesus Christ and surrender all to Him so that you can recover all from Him. – Ephesians 4:1
2. Discover, understand and walk worthy of your vocation or calling. – Ephesians 4:1
3. Endeavour to work with others through
(i) lowliness (humility)
(ii) meekness (gentleness)
(iii) long-suffering (patience)
(iv) forbearing (bearing) with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2
(v) study the word of God
(vi) pray without ceasing
(vii) keep the unity in the body of Christ
How can a believer grow to the full stature of Christ?
Jesus Christ is our perfect example. So, grow and be like Him.
Jesus is the head and He has given each of us a measure of gift according to our grace. We are all expected to grow to the full stature of Jesus Christ as we obey Him completely, live holy and be in unity with other Christians. We are to grow into spiritual maturity like Jesus such that no heresy or false doctrine will deceive us.
- Thank God for the salvation of your soul.
- Jesus, please help me to grow to Your full stature.
- Father, let there be unity in the body of Christ all over the world.
- Father, please multiply Your grace upon Your son, Daddy G.O..
- Your individual prayers
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