A Sermon on Ephesians 4:14-16
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. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 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. (ESV)
Christians are designed by God to live in unity together. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes this strong point with Ephesians 4:14-16 as he shows the balance and community needed to live the Christian life. As believers become stronger and more firm in their faith, they also grow in the body of Christ. Paul says that all Christians have different and varying roles, but all are essential for the life of the Church and one’s personal spiritual growth. It is simply impossible for a Christian to grow as he should when he is not part of a fellow community of believers. This message is of increasing importance in the loneliness and isolation of today's world. For as Christ is the head of the church, so all Christians are connected to him and to each other as a part of this living organism. All parts are connected to one another and serve a specific role in the life of the Church. All believers ought to strive to live in such a way so that they are living in fellowship and harmony with all believers and Christ Jesus who is the head. For this is the only way to grow fully in maturity that all believers should be continually striving for.