As the Apostle Paul had given birth to many local churches on his missionary journeys, each of those local fellowships continued to need encouragement, guidance, nourishment, and protection. His work was not done once individual people were converted to Christ and a new Christian fellowship was formed. As their spiritual father he was passionate for them to grow to maturity and usefulness for the Kingdom of God. No local group of new believers is without significant problems. In today’s text we will see and discuss how the Apostle Paul took great pains to give birth to give birth to new Christian fellowships, but also to raise them up to spiritual maturity. And like many of us, he was often giving birth to some and raising other spiritual children at the same time!