Our community believes in a low first step into this life of faith. We believe that the invitation of Jesus to follow is an invitation meant for absolutely everyone. None excluded. All in. But we also believe that the invitation to follow is never a static thing; Jesus intends to move us on from where we are to the place he has in mind for us. His invita- tion is to grow up, to mature.
Consider this series an invitation to go beyond where you are now, to grow on purpose. Grace not only says you can begin, it also says you can become. Sometimes we are fearful of what this means, but we shouldn’t be. Christian maturity is “becoming more like Jesus while we each become more uniquely ourselves”. To mature in Christ is to experience the greatest kind of freedom there is: the freedom of being one’s self before God.
One more thing: we can’t do this alone. Maturity comes through life in community, helping each other, learning from each other. In his letter to the community in Ephesus (our text for this series), Paul says that we are going to keep at this...
“until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, ef- ficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13, MSG)