JOEL M. SETTECASE

This question came in via texting at Sunday’s 11AM worship gathering at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), and it’s another good one. Let’s look at the phrase, “speaking the truth in love,” in context.

What it means to speak the truth in love

In Ephesians 4, Paul describes church leaders as Christ’s gifts to His church. The leaders, especially the pastor-teachers, are given, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” the end result being that “we may no longer be children” easily persuaded by all kinds of false teaching, but that we would “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”–and while we grow we are to be “speaking the truth in love” (verse 15). That growing

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