Giving Birth is not the Goal


Pregnancy is not the goalA 2009 story in the USA Today newspaper reported that out-of-wedlock births were exploding in numbers around the world. A decade ago, for example, 1 of every 3 births in Canada was illegitimate. In 2009 in the United States, nearly one-in-two babies were born to unwed mothers. It appears that in all too many cases, the goal in life is to make babies.

Many churches make producing spiritual babies the goal also, but the salvation of the sinner is only the beginning of the ministry of the local church.

Getting people saved isn’t the goal of church ministry, just like getting a woman pregnant isn’t the goal of fatherhood. The ministry goal of the local church must be the spiritual maturity of God’s people in the image of Christ.

God creates the new life in Christ and has then set as the purpose of local church spiritual growth; that God’s people would come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ … that we may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ (Eph 4:13, 15).

Maturity comes as the Holy Spirit uses Bible teaching, which is the sound doctrine (Titus 1:9) and solid food (Hebrews 5:14) of the Christian’s soul.

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One thought on “Giving Birth is not the Goal

  1. Great post dear Brother and very true. You said it right – “Getting people saved isn’t the goal of church ministry, just like getting a woman pregnant isn’t the goal of fatherhood. The ministry goal of the local church must be the spiritual maturity of God’s people in the image of Christ.”

    A.W. Pink says the same thing – “Once a man makes the conversion of sinners his prime design and all-consuming end, he is exceedingly apt to adopt a wrong course. Instead of striving to preach the Truth in all its purity, he will tone it down so as to make it more palatable to the unregenerate. Impelled by a single force, moving in one fixed direction, his object is to make conversion easy, and therefore favorite passages (like John 3:16) are dwelt upon incessantly, while others are ignored or pared away.”

    Once we are taught the discriminating sovereign love of God for His chosen and that God is not frantically trying to get everyone saved, we will maintain the right balance in laboring to reach the lost and building up those whom God sends our way into the image of Christ.

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