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Ephesians 3:19

that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Paul writes his heart’s desire for the church in Ephesus by saying; Ephesians 3:16-19I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

As I have been praying about First Church – this has come to my heart numerous times. I believe God wants us to grown up and deepen our faith at First Church. God wants us to seek His face and desire His grace. I’m not saying we don’t have mature Christians at First Church – I’m saying the whole body needs to grow up and mature even more in Jesus (this includes the pastor and church leaders). Paul continues in Ephesians 4 to tell us some of the measures of a mature Christian. Read it and see what it has to say. Are these things abundant in our church? Are they gifts and blessings that we could use more of at First Church? In your local church dear reader?

Part of Ephesians 4 tells the leadership of the church – especially the pastors and leaders – that our task is to equip and train the Body for works of service. Ephesians 4:11-13It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

What other Scriptures have we found that would help us as the Body to mature in our walk with Jesus? Share your thoughts so that others may be encouraged to grow up in Jesus! Share what God is telling you dear readers about your faith walk and the faith walk of the local church you attend.

My vision for our church is that of maturing in our faith. Sunday’s message talked about praying dangerous prayers (listen to the sermon here). We need to mature our faith to the point where we are ready to obey God – whatever God calls us to do. We need to stay focused on Jesus rather than the storms or even the misting going on around us.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

October 16, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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