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Gifting Of The Church Part III

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 It was he (Christ) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

RayMcDThis is the third part of this series. I’m not sure yet how many parts there will be. Today we will follow up yesterday’s article on verses 12-13. Those verses gave us a purpose for the gifting of the church and today I want to write about the result of the gifting of the church as we take a look at verse 14.

The gifting of the church is so we might glorify the Lord we saw yesterday. When God gifts us we are to use that gifting to uplift and serve the Body of Christ. Verse 14 tells us some of the results – then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. The gifting of the church then is to give the people of God a foundation and secure hold on truth.

Remember the church of Laodicea? They were lukewarm – many of them – not firmly grounded in their faith (hot or cold). They were swayed to and fro with this belief and the next. Paul also had a heart for them and strived to ground them in the truth. Continue reading

March 3, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Are Family

Colossians 2:2

…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

profileIn 1979 the Baltimore Orioles were the best baseball team – record wise (102-57) – in all of baseball.  They were favored to win the World Series.  They lost in a seven game series four games to three to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates theme that year was we are family – a song made famous in 1979 by Sister Sledge.  The Pirates rallied around each other and won as a team.  I remember watching that series.  It was very painful to see a better team – the Orioles – and my favorite team – lose to a lesser team – the Pirates.  But teamwork – a sense of family – won out against the odds.

Over the years I have heard a number of people talk about their church family as their real family.  Some folks have their biological family several states away and their church family is their real family up close.  Some have been rejected by their biological family – at times for their faith and at times for other reasons – and their church family becomes their real family. Continue reading

February 4, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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