Together Everyone Achieves More
TEAM Mission: Make disciples of Christ.
TEAM Method: Be “God’s love with skin” toward those on the inside and the outside.
How do we keep score? Lives saved and changed.
A key to personal spiritual maturity is participation in corporate spiritual development.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Eph 4:11-16
Characteristics of Maturity
- Confidence in the truth of the faith
- God’s love with skin encouraging each other towards spiritual maturity through truth
- Cooperation in the mission over the individual.
Six Attitudes that Unify The Body
Reference: I Am A Church Member, Thom Rainer
1) I will be a functioning church member.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Cor 12:27
2) I will be a unifying church member.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35
3) I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires.
He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else. Mark 9:35
4) I will pray for my church leaders.
1-7 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap. 1 Tim 3:1-7 The Message
5) I will lead my family to be healthy church members.
See Eph 5
6) I will treasure church membership as a gift.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Eph 4:14