The Mature Church

A Rhetorical-Critical Study of Ephesians 4:1-16

By Emmanuel D. Mbennah

The Mature Church

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  • ISBN: 9781620325469
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
Web Price: $16.80

The Mature Church

A Rhetorical-Critical Study of Ephesians 4:1-16

By Emmanuel D. Mbennah

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  • ISBN: 9781620325469
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80

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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.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Mbennah argues persuasively that Paul's main purpose in Ephesians is for Christians to understand they have a new identity and to celebrate it, that spiritual maturity is intended for all Christians, and that in several of the dimensions of spiritual maturity, the church misinterprets Ephesians 4:1-16. Mbennah concludes his carefully crafted thesis with some very challenging recommendations for the church. His scholarly work warrants serious consideration."
--Reuben van Rensburg, Principal, South African Theological Seminary

"Emmanuel Mbennah defines Christian spiritual maturity on the basis of a rhetorical-critical analysis of Ephesians 4:1-16. He then uses spiritual maturity as a critical standard . . . and suggests a program to guide the church to spiritual maturity. Church leaders, decision-makers in church work generally, Christian education planners, and New Testament scholars will experience The Mature Church as most stimulating."
--Fika J. van Rensburg, Dean, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa

"The Mature Church provides the modern church with three critical elements: it gives the church an alternative way to view the theme and structure of Ephesians; it provides a conservative rhetorical-critical interpretation of Ephesians 4:1-16; and it provides a case study that helps the global church comprehend how a regional body of believers understands spiritual maturity. Any one of these contributions would be meaningful. All three provide a valuable tool for the church."
--Roland Paul Cox, Benin Transmitting Station Director, TWR

Contributors-

Emmanuel D. Mbennah

Bio(s)-

Emmanuel D. Mbennah (PhD, North-West University, South Africa) is the International Director of TWR Africa. He is Extraordinary Associate Professor of New Testament, Faculty of Theology, North-West University. He is also Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Communication Studies at the South Africa Theological Seminary. Mbennah's recent publications include Foundations for Child Ministry (2012).

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