Posted by: Pauline | March 5, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 12

Ephesians 4:11-16

We all know what growing up looks like, as children develop into adults, and we have a pretty good idea what it takes for a child to grow into a healthy adult, and what healthy adulthood looks like. But what does it look like for a church to grow into the maturity God wants, and what does that maturity look like?

Paul describes what a healthy, mature church is like – knowing the truth, loving one another, working together in the ministry, living in unity with one another. And he tells how the church grows to that maturity, by means of those God has given the church to proclaim God’s word, to guide and to teach, while all the members love one another and build one another up.

1 Thessalonians 5:5b-22

In our society, religion is often seen as something that is just between the individual and God. But when Paul gives instructions to the church, most of his exhortations have to do with how people treat one another. Encourage, esteem, be at peace, admonish, help, be patient, do good … These all have to do with how we treat one another, and doing these will create a loving community that glorifies God and attracts others to join with us.

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