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Does the church grow its own vegetables?

Does the church grow its own vegetables?

By on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog |

Some time ago I was quite amused when I heard the speaker at a large Christian gathering suggest that ‘the church grows its own vegetables’. Taken at face value it’s quite a witty comment; but if you go beyond the humour, there’s a serious point being made about how people are equipped in churches to engage with scripture and grow in to maturity. The author of Hebrews (in chapter 5) rebukes the church on its lack of understanding of the most fundamental truths of God, using the analogy of infants needing milk whilst the mature feast on solid food. He uses similar language writing to the church in Corinth. As new Christians they had been supplied not only with spiritual blessings but also with every spiritual gift (1Cor1:4-9). Likewise the Corinthian believers seemed to have a taste for the breathtaking but failed to evidence a maturity which equalled their ability to exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor3:1-4). Reading those passages has made me wonder if a letter from Paul or one of the other apostles to the church in the UK in 2014 would bear some of the same language characterised in 1 Corinthians 3 and Hebrews 5? Firstly let me say I love the church and more importantly God loves the church. It’s described as the bride of Christ and a man doesn’t take a bride who he isn’t utterly in love with! I really appreciate all that I have learnt in my local church. Without doubt I would not be the Christian I am today without it. My church has encouraged me to serve, pray and enabled me to encounter the life changing power of God. What (and I don’t think it’s on its own in this) it hasn’t been so good at is equipping me to engage with the Bible and grow into that maturity Paul is talking about; which is one of the reasons I decided to enrol at Salt & Light Ministries’ Bible School. At King’s School of Theology I’m learning to use the tools of how to interpret scripture to understand what the text meant then (exegesis) and to apply its meaning now (hermeneutics). Authors Fee & Stuart suggest that anyone...

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