Hebrews 6 “The Results of Immaturity” August 16, 2015 – CD#1566

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“FOR YEARS I preached evangelistic, topical messages, on repentance, faith in God, baptism, and the life & death nature of the gospel. I never led the congregation to maturity in Christ, and so they were immature, babes in Christ because I was only feeding them milk. (Hebrews 6)                                            I read in Ephesians 4:11-15 the work of a pastor is to ‘equip the saints for the work of the ministry’. This changed my understanding of ministry, and I set out to make our people the best equipped & best taught Christians around. I began to teach through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.      In Acts 20:27 Paul told the Ephesian elders ‘I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God’.                 I can now say the same: ‘I have declared the whole counsel of God to you.’ There is a place for evangelism, & we share the gospel with those who haven’t heard, & we thank God for those who are saved, but the primary purpose of the church is to bring Christians to maturity”.  Pastor Chuck Smith – edited by Pastor Gary

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