One of my goals in 2011, is to share the gospel of Christ with more people with whom I come in contact with, both in person and online.
Acts 2:41 and Acts 4:4 would be good examples of ecclesiological hypertrophy.
As Ron pointed out in his post, the principle for spiritual growth in the body of Christ is found in Ephesians 4:11-16. The key verses being vs. 15 & 16. We can only “grow up” into Christ when we “speak the truth in love” (vs. 15) and by the “effective working by which every part does its share” (vs. 16 – NKJV). The key word is the word “work” (vs. 12) and “working” (vs. 16). Note Nehemiah 4:6.
Bottom line: No work, no growth.
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
John C. Maxwell, pastor, author, leadership expert