The Mature Church
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The Mature Church

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In this book, Emmanuel Mbennah argues that Christian spiritual maturity is the bridge between the new identity of the Christian, articulated in Ephesians 1-3, and the moral code of the Christian life commensurate with the new identity, presented in Ephesians 4:17--6:20. From an interpretation of Ephesians 4:13, Mbennah brings to the fore what Christian spiritual maturity is and why it is imperative. He argues that Ephesians 4:1-16 is about spiritual maturity, and not about Christian unity, except unity as a by-product of maturity. A case study in which the meaning of spiritual maturity is used as a critical standard to evaluate the spiritual maturity of a church in a particular context further clarifies the meaning of spiritual maturity and demonstrates what a sad state of immaturity a church could be in. Mbennah calls for the Church's return to the pursuit of maturity and a return to the subject in New Testament scholarship.

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A Réôçà-Cçà Sûdy ô Eéŝàŝ 4:1–16
Eàûé D. Méà
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EXTRAORDINARY, NORTH-WEST UNIVERSIT Y, POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA
E MAURE CURC A Réôçà-Cçà Sûdy ô Eéŝàŝ 4:1–16
Côyg © 2013 Eàûé D. Méà. A gŝ éŝééd. Exçé ô é qûô-àôŝ  ççà ûçàôŝ ô ééwŝ, ô à ô ŝ ôôk ày é éôdûçéd  ày àé wôû ô wé éŝŝô ô é ûŝé. Wé: Péŝ-ŝôŝ, W àd Sôçk Pûŝéŝ, 199 W. 8 Aé., Sûé 3, Eûgéé, OR 97401.
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Lîst of Fîgures/îx
Preface/
Introduction / 1
Côéŝ
Rhetorical Criticism in New Testament Hermeneutics / 5
2.1 ïôdûçô
2.2 Néw éŝàé éééûçŝ
2.2.1 Néçéŝŝy ô Néw éŝàé éééûçŝ 2.2.2 éééûçà ïŝŝûéŝ  Néw éŝàé ïééàô 2.2.3 éééûçà Côŝdéàôŝ w Régàd ô é Eŝ-éŝ 2.2.4 Réôçà Cçŝ àd Néw éŝàé Sûdéŝ 2.2.5 Sûày
2.3 Méôdŝ ô Néw éŝàé Réôçà Cçŝ: A Aàŝà
2.3.1 Kéédy’ŝ Méôd ô Réôçà Cçŝ 2.3.2 é’ŝ Méôd ô Réôçà Cçŝ 2.3.3 Côéûŝ’ Méôd ô Réôçà Cçŝ
2.4 ôwàdŝ à Méôd ô Réôçà Cçŝ ô Néw éŝàé ïééàô
2.4.1 A Héôy ô Réôç 2.4.2 Réôç àŝ Péŝûàŝô 2.4.3 Réôçà Déŝôŝ ô é ŝ Réàdéŝ 2.4.4 Réôçà Déŝôŝ ô é éx 2.4.5 Réôçà Déŝôŝ ô é Aûô 2.5 Sûày
Contents 3 Communicative Function of Ephesians 4:1–16 / 45
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3.1 ïôdûçô
3.2 Réôçy ô é Eŝé ô é Eéŝàŝ
3.2.1 Hé Réôçà Déŝôŝ ô é Aûô
3.2.2 Hé Réôçà Déŝôŝ ô é Réçéŝ
3.2.3 Hé Réôçà Pûôŝé  Eéŝàŝ
3.3 Réôçà Sûçûé ô Eéŝàŝ 3.3.1 Oûé ô Eéŝàŝ 3.3.2 Hé Néw ïdéy ô é Géé Cŝàŝ (E 1–3) 3.3.2.1 Béŝŝéd Bé Gôd: ïàô ô Cééàg Gôd’ŝ Wôdé 3.3.2.2 Néw ïdéy ô é Géé Cŝàŝ 3.3.2.3 “Hé” û “Nôw” 3.3.2.4 Gôd ïçûdéd Yôû  ŝ Eéà Pà (3:1–13) 3.3.2.5 Kôw Hŝ Gôd àd Bé éd w ŝ ûéŝŝ (3:14–21) 3.3.3 Hé Néçéŝŝày Mddé (4:1–16) 3.3.4 Réŝôŝy  é Néw ïdéy (4:17–6:20)
3.4 Hé Pàçé ô 4:1–16  Eéŝàŝ
3.5 Sûày
The Meaning and Imperative of Christian Spiritual Maturity / 73
4.1 ïôdûçô
4.2 Hôûg Sûçûé ô 4:1–16 4.2.1 Hé Hôûg Sûçûé ô à Mçô Léé 4.2.2 4:13  é Côéx ô 4:1–16 4.2.3 Hé Pààé Pôôŝô ô é Héé Càûŝéŝ 4.2.4 Hé Séqûéçé Pôôŝô ô é Héé Càûŝéŝ 4.2.5 Hé Mxéd Pôôŝô ô é Héé Càûŝéŝ 4.2.6 A Aéàé Pôôŝô ô é Héé Càûŝéŝ
4.3 Aàyŝŝ àd ïééàô ô 4:13
4.3.1 U Wé A Aà
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4.3.2 Uy ô é à, àd ô é Kôwédgé ô é Sô ô Gôd
4.3.3 Uô à Pééç Mà
4.3.4 Uô é Méàŝûé ô é Sàûé ô é ûéŝŝ ô Cŝ
4.4 Hé Méàg ô Cŝà Sûà Màûy
4.5 Hé ïéàé ô Cŝà Sûà Màûy
4.5.1 Làçk ô Cŝà Sûà Màûy ïŝ Dàgéôûŝ  ô Cŝàŝ 4.5.2 àŝé éàçéŝ, àd Hé àŝé éàçgŝ àd Méôdŝ  Aé DIçû ô Dŝçé àd Réŝŝ
4.6 Côçûŝô
Spiritual Maturity in the Church: A Case Study / 97
5.1 ïôdûçô
5.2 Aàyŝŝ ô Dàà àd ïééàô ô dgŝ
5.3 Dŝçûŝŝô
5.3.1 Udéŝàdg ô é Méàg àd Eŝŝéçé  ô Sûà Màûy 5.3.2 Udéŝàdg ô é Méàŝ ô Sûà Màûy 5.3.3 Udéŝàdg ô é ïdçàôŝ ô Sûà Màûy 5.3.4 Udéŝàdg ô Wé ô Wéé Sûà Màûy  W Bé Côéé 5.3.5 Udéŝàdg ô é Néçéŝŝy ô Sûà Màûy 5.3.6 Léé ô Sûà Màûy ô é Cûç Léàdéŝ
5.4 Udéŝàdg àd Léé ô Sûà Màûy ô é Cûç Léàdéŝ 5.4.1 Hé Méàg àd Eŝŝéçé ô Sûà Màûy 5.4.2 Hé Méàŝ ô Sûà Màûy 5.4.3 Hé ïdçàôŝ ô Sûà Màûy 5.4.4 Wé ô Wéé Sûà Màûy W Bé Côéé 5.4.5 Hé Néçéŝŝy ô Sûà Màûy 5.4.6 Hé Léé ô Sûà Màûy ô é Léàdéŝ
5.5 Sûày
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Contents 6 Spiritual Maturity in Ephesians 4:13–16 and the Church: Lessons from the Case Study / 125
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6.1 ïôdûçô
6.2 Côàg Sûà Màûy  Eéŝàŝ 4:13–16
àd é Udéŝàdg ô Sûà Màûy ô Cûç Léàdéŝ
6.3 Eàûàô ô é Cûç Léàdéŝ’ Udéŝàdg
ô Sûà Màûy àd ïŝ ïçàôŝ
6.3.1 Méàg àd Eŝŝéçé ô Sûà Màûy 6.3.2 Hé Méàŝ ô Aàé ô Sûà Màûy 6.3.3 Hé Pô ô Aàé ô Sûà Màûy 6.3.4 Hé ïdçàôŝ ô Pôgéŝŝô ôwàdŝ Sûà Màûy 6.3.5 Séçiç Kéy ïdçàôŝ ô Sûà Màûy 6.3.6 Hé Néçéŝŝy ô Sûà Màûy
6.4 Eàûàô ô é Léé ô Sûà Màûy àd ïŝ ïçàôŝ
6.5 Sûày
Conclusion / 141
Bîbîograpy/ 149 Index/ 157
Lŝ ô gûéŝ
Hé Hôûg Sûçûé ô 4:1–16 ô à Mçô Léé / 76–78
gûé 5.1—géŝ Edûçàôà Lééŝ ô é Réŝôdéŝ / 99
gûé 5.2— Réŝôdé’ŝ Rôé  é Cûç / 100
gûé 5.3—Sàéé à Déŝçéŝ Sûà Màûy
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gûé 5.4—Hé Méàg ô Sûà Màûy
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gûé 5.5—Wà ïŝ ô Bé Dôé ô Péôé Wô éàç Wôg Dôçéŝ  é Cûç? / 101
gûé 5.6— ôw Sûà Màûy Côéŝ Aôû
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