Quotable: John Crotts

Loving the Church by John Crotts has many quotable passages. Here’s one to whet your palate:

“The goal of mutual ministry within the church is maturity in Jesus. This is described as ‘the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God’ (Ephesians 4:13). The combination of unity and the knowledge of Christ show that Paul is not maximizing superficial togetherness by minimizing doctrinal content. Voices calling Christians to forget about doctrinal differences and just love Jesus do not represent Christian maturity. This is like that humorous bit of wisdom, ‘If you want to succeed every time, just lower the standards.’…Weak doctrine turns out weak Christians. In Colossians 1:28, Paul describes the goal of his ministry: ‘Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.'”

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