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Built up to Maturity (20 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 4:12-16

People are organizing, connecting, networking, and socializing almost everywhere you look. Whether it's a successful business venture, a persuasive argument, or even individual success and fame - the act of building is all around us.

Amidst all that busyness, where do you see progress - that is, what type of building and connecting appeals to you? What organizations or causes have captured your interest and commitment? What has your support?

An unlikely but compelling example of support rallying (which is a type of building) is displayed by die-hard super-fans - people who support their beloved sports team no matter what.

They tend to show their support in some highly creative ways: shirtless exposure in subzero temperatures, almost ritualistic costume and team-colors wearing, incessant chanting, sign holding, frenzied initiation of ''the wave'' - there is no doubt that commitment runs deep in these people's veins!

This week, we're going to look at the values Jesus has initiated and instilled to serve the building up of His body. Ironically, the process bears some striking resemblance to the super-fan frame of mind!

Main Scripture: Ephesians 4:12-16

- Focus on verses 12-13 for being built up through the work of service.
- Focus on verses 14-15 for being built up in love.
- Focus on verse 16 for being built up from connection.

EQUIP: Building blocks of maturity

Have your group read EPHESIANS 4:12-16 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Built up in unity

- The Church is being built up to the unity of the faith (vv.13). Unity isn't necessarily where we start, but it is what moves us forward.
- Unity is a value of maturity and not the product of agreement. We can be 100 percent unified and yet not fully agree with one another.

Have you ever attended a sporting event for you ...

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