…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4:1-16
Theologian Brian McLarin sometimes talks about sin as “an unwillingness to grow.” And so I ask myself, “What am I doing to grow in my faith? And what, exactly, is a maturity when it comes to faith?”
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, a Christian educator, says that people of mature faith read their Bibles and pray at times other than Sunday mornings. They volunteer their time in some way to reach out to those less fortunate. They work to fight injustice and discrimination. In other words, those with a mature faith show outward signs that they are Christian in their day-to-day lives. Roehlkepartain suggests that “part of the problem is that churches are not doing what it takes to make faith mature.”
Just after Easter this year, five people from Trinity attended REBUILT, a church conference to help congregations reach out and attract new members. The leaders of the conference told us that we are always in a process of moving toward a mature faith. And that we will move closer to God, to others, and to our true selves if we follow the S.T.E.P.S.
Serve (others in ministry)
Engage (in small groups or committees)
Practice (prayer & Sacraments)
Share (our faith; help make disciples)
This week, I am going to try to grow in the direction of Sharing my faith; perhaps not in words – but certainly though my actions.
In which of the STEPS do you feel on firm footing? And which of the STEPS feel a bit wobbly to you?
All of us can demonstrate our willingness to grow in maturity by minding our STEPS.
Lay Associate for Parish Life