We see in Ephesians 4:14-16, a clear developmental continuum, moving from immaturity (easily subject to external ideas) to maturity (steadfastly holding to truth). The source of growth along the continuum is Christ himself. He is also the exemplar (showing us what maturity looks like) and the end to which our growth strives. Body growth occurs in the context of properly functioning persons with real connections between and among them. Growth also has an accompanying action: speaking the truth in love.
How do developmental theories (Piaget, Kohlberg, Fowler, and Erikson) inform our understanding of the body growth of Ephesians 4:14-16?
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