Colossians 1:24-28. The apostle Peter received strength from Christ to strengthen others (Luke 22:31-32). We all have the responsibility of helping other Christians achieve their full usefulness in Christ (Col 1:28; 4:12). We are, after all, members OF one another (Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:25; Eph 4:25).
I. THE NEED FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
A. In Christ, we begin our spiritual lives as an “infant” (Heb 5:13)
B. Our growth is gradual (Heb 5:14; 1 Pet 2:2).
C. As we grow, the body (church) grows & reaches its potential (Eph 4:14-16).
II. THE NEED FOR MUTUAL EDIFICATION
A. In Christ, we help the body (church) by helping its members grow.
B. Our help is edification (Rom 14:19; 15:2; Heb 10:24; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11).
C. As we love, the body (church) is edified (Eph 4:31-5:2; 4:15-16; 1 Cor 8:1; Gal 5:13).
1. Teaching (Col 1:28; 3:16).
2. Admonishing (Col 1:28; 3:16; Acts 20:31; Rom 15:14).
3. Prayer (Col 1:9-11).
4. Example (1 Tim. 4:12).
Not only is there joy in helping others grow, but there ought to be joy in receiving such help.
We ought to express our appreciation to those who edify us (1 Thess 5:12-13; Prov 27:6).
May we each do all we can to assist our brethren in their development —
And receive in the proper spirit the help they give us.