Series: Ephesians: Growing Up Into Christ
Title: "How A Healthy Church Grows"
"It was he who gave some to be
apostles, some to be prophets,
some to be evangelists, and some
to be pastors and teachers”"
In Buenos Aries, a pastor named, Juan Carlos Ortiz, made a challenging and intriguing observation about his church. He started with a congregation of about 300 people, and in the course of about 18 months, the church had grown to over a thousand. But one day, while contemplating the growth of the church, Juan realized they weren’t actually growing at all, but were simply getting fat. That leads us to wonder what is a healthy church and how does it come about? Author and Bible teacher, Charles Price, examines three of five stages Paul writes about in his letter to the Ephesians, where it isn’t just from the podium, but progress from within the congregation that makes for a healthy, growing church.
Scripture teaches a great deal about our personal relationships with God, but we must also understand what it has to say about the corporate nature of our relationships with God. More than any other letter Paul writes, his letter to the Ephesians fully addresses exactly what the church is and how it functions. The size of a church’s congregation, how large the budget or big the parking lot may be of interest to some, but is not a measurement of how effective or fruitful the church is.
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