What does it look like to grow up? Adulting has become a sort of buzz word today. People often use it to describe the responsibilities one faces when becoming an adulthood. But what is it like to adult as a Christian? Most often we view maturity as a form of independence. But what if growing up means not independence, but interdependence? What if responsibility actually looks like existing in, receiving from, and giving to a community? Come this week learn about a key distinctive of Christian maturity—unity. Click HERE to RSVP to service.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[a] and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[c] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Sovereign Lord, you rule the nations,
But we live as though we are the center of the universe.
Sovereign Lord, you ordain all things for your glory and our good,
But we seek to control our own lives and the lives of others.
Sovereign Lord, you have written all our days,
But we fret over the unknown.
Sovereign Lord, you rule with justice and mercy,
But we presume to be more just and merciful than you.
Lord, forgive us for all the ways we think we can do your job better than you, and give us a humble confidence in your sovereign will. Amen.
SONG TO CONSIDER
Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ will come again
We have died together
We will rise together
We will live together
The body oh the body
We are the body of Christ
We are brothers and sisters
Through our savior’s blood