Christian Growth 101

In his book, What is a Healthy Church Member?, Thabiti Anyabwile wrote:

This is the first and most important ministry of every Christian in the local church. Being present, being known, and being active are the only ways to make Christian love possible. (Heb. 10:24-25) (pg. 68, emphasis mine)

He later expounded this point saying:

Hebrews 10:25 instructs us not to neglect the assembly of the saints. Instead, we are to gather and encourage one another more and more as we await Jesus’ return. The public assembly is meant for the edification, the building up, the growth of the Christian. Neglecting to participate in the corporate life of the church or failing to actively serve and be served is a sure-fire way to limit our growth. Ephesians 4:11-16 offers a pretty strong argument that participation in the body of Christ is the main way in which Christ strengthens and matures us. When we serve others in the church, bear with one another, love one another, correct one another, and encourage one another, we participate in a kind of “spiritual maturity co-op” where our stores and supplies are multiplied. The end result is growth and discipleship. (pg. 91, emphasis mine)

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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