11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
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FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE FAMILY OF GOD
Paul admonished the Christians at Colosse: "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." Then in the next verse (chapter 2, verse 7), he challenged them to be "rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving." That's where the 2:7 Series gets its name.
This three-book course will help you to be rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith.
ROOTED AND BUILT UP IN CHRIST
When a tree takes root, burrowing deep into the soil, it's not long before the result is obvious above ground. New branches shoot out. Green healthy leaves appear. Even the trunk grows sturdier, more storm-resistant. So it is with you. The deeper you root your life in Christ, the stronger you'll become. This second book in the 2:7 Series contains a dual focus—personal growth and sharing your life in Christ. In this study you'll first learn how to obey Christ as the Lord of your life. Then you'll discover how easy it is to branch out by reviewing your spiritual life and sharing it with others.
- A closer relationship with God
- A cohesive, useful personal testimony
- The ability to spend a whole day in prayer
- A desire and method to memorize Scripture
IN ORDER TO BEAR FRUIT, A TREE NEEDS SOLID ROOTS
When a tree takes root, adds strength, and branches out, it's not long before fruit appears. So it is with you. As you choose to root your life in Christ, you'll not only become stronger, but also more fruitful.
By walking you through a simple, yet effective approach to explaining the gospel to your friends and neighbors, this third book in the 2:7 Series will help you become a fruitful member of God's family. At the same time, you'll also learn to naturally reflect Christ's character in your everyday life.
- Openly Identifying with Christ
- Effectively meditating on Scripture
- Renewing your concern for non-Christian friends
HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS, HAVING THE MIND OF CHRIST
When the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The message was concerning God's promises to His people rings very clear. By looking at the Gospels in parallel, the Gospel writers reveal the heart of God and His ministry on earth in the person of Jesus Christ.
As you walk through the life of Jesus with the text of these four Gospel witnesses, you begin to understand the heart of God and the heart of man.
- Understand with more depth the person of Christ
- Grow in the Faith that God has so graciously provided to those that love Him.