A terrible spiritual disease has crept into the church body. It is what I call “Muscular Dystrophy of the Church Body.” If you are familiar with the disease Muscular Dystrophy, it is a disease in which the body has all of the proper equipment (brain cells, neurons, dendrites, muscles), but they are not functioning in unity with one another. In fact, the brain operates perfectly fine. It sends signals/messages out to the rest of the body. The problem is found between the nerves and the muscles. The nerve conveys the message sent from the brain, but the muscle is unresponsive. Clearly, Christ is the head of the church and no fault can be found in His message to the church. Unfortunately, some within the church have developed a spiritual Muscular Dystrophy and have become unresponsive to His call to serve.
Ephesians 4 offers a snapshot of the treatment to cure or prevent this spiritual disease.
I. The “Who” of equipping and church ministry. (Eph. 4:7-12)
Christ has gifted the church with leaders who are to equip the saints for works of ministry that will bring glory to God and build His church.
When the church has been properly equipped for ministry we will be unified in our focus on Christ, we will become more like Jesus, and our beliefs will have stability on the word of God.
Truth spoken in the context of loving relationships is Christ-honoring.
The more equipped we are as a church the more we will look like Jesus and the more effective we will be in ministry.
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Dr. Chris Dortch has been in vocational ministry since 1993. His blog is aimed to "equip the saints for the work of ministry."