Ephesians 4

Doing what we are called to do

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Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

(The devotional today is taken from Larry and Jane Parks’ recent newsletter.)

 

Talking about leadership… is what we do most these days.  On the field every seminary class session is opened with a challenge concerning leadership.  On furlough we find the challenge to be to explain the focus of our present and future ministry in Spain.  As one author so rightly said, God did not ask Moses to build the tabernacle, but rather to motivate those gifted to do the work of the ministry. To follow Moses’ example we need to be detailed in our obedience to God’s direction.  Likewise, it is not for us just to “sit and watch” God work, instead it is ours to give our best to the Master for His use when the call comes to get the job done.

Leadership does not equal dictatorship.  Leadership begins with being separated unto the Lord, beginning to end.  It is not necessarily about the task that one is given.  Leadership for the building of the tabernacle was needed in many areas as is the case for the church today.  The concept is that we are to be “holy” and “wholly” separated or dedicated to the Master Builder. In the introduction to the book of Leviticus, one author pointed out that God took His people out of Egypt.  The next step was to take Egypt out of His people.  God through Moses taught them that they had to change their way of thinking and living.  God demands that we dedicate every area of our lives to Him, as much in our motivation as in the practical day to day activities.  Although we do not have to practice all the rituals given to the people of God in Moses day, we must have the same spirit of preparation and devotion for lasting leadership.

 

God gave us a great service on Sunday. It was a joy to be back with you at Grace for Life Bible Church. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Philippines and in Bangkok, getting back home to our church was good. May God use the Word preached each week to challenge our hearts and to draw us closer to the men and the women that He wants us to be.

 

I would appreciate your prayers this morning as I will be speaking to 50 pastors. It is a great opportunity and I trust God will use me to be a help to them.

 

Keep our school kids in your prayers today. It was awesome to see so many in church Sunday and to know that each of them will be being prayed for throughout the year. Their needs are great, the world, the flesh, and the devil, are on them every day.

 

Kim Lavryk called me and asked for special prayer. Do keep Kim in your prayers that she would know God’s strength in her very weak body.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

 

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Preparing one another for Mature ministry – Ephesians 4

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As we sent off Ben and Anna to their new ministry in Lincoln, California, Pastor Steve asked us to consider who we are training next. We spent four-five years training Ben and almost two years training Anna. They leave us well prepared for mature ministry. We have a church with several young people and young adults, as Paul called us to prepare one another for the work of the ministry, who are we going to prepare now?

 

Encouraging One Another to Christlikness, Ephesians 4:1-7 By Ben Schroeder

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Each member of a church has a Christ given ability and responsibility to equip one another in Christlikeness. As each member faithfully uses their Christ given spiritual gifts the entire church grows and becomes more like Christ . The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ is attained through a properly functioning church body.