March 30, 2014  “A Church Where NOBODY Stands Alone

WE Stand Together Because WE Are ONE!

 

“And                     He gave

the apostles,

the prophets,

the evangelists,

the pastors

 and                                     [the] teachers,   

               [He gave them]

to equip the saints for the work of ministry,

for building up the body of Christ,

 

until we all attain to

the unity of the faith

and                                                                    of the knowledge

of the Son of God,

to mature manhood,

to the measure

of the stature

of the fullness of Christ,

 

so that                  we may no longer be children,

tossed to and fro by the waves

and                                                                    carried about

by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning,

by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Rather,                 speaking the truth in love,

we are to grow up

in every way

into Him

who is the head,

 into Christ,

 from whom the whole body,

 joined and held together

by every joint with which it is equipped,

when each part is working properly,

makes the body grow

so that                  it builds itself up in love.”  ESV

This text is often used to talk about Spiritual Gifts, and I have referenced it in teaching about Spiritual gifts on Wednesday nights. 

But it is not a text PRIMARILY about the Gifts. 

It is a text about their purpose– why God gave them to us.

He gave them so THE CHURCH would never STAND ALONE!

God knew we needed Him.

God knew we needed us to work as one – TOGETHER

  1. God gives us Spiritual Gifts
  2. We are to use those gifts for His Purpose under His Leading
  3. Every gift and passion has a reason and a place in His Body
  4. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers are listed here
    1. Giving, Administration, Healing, etc. are taught elsewhere
  5. Again, this is not a text PRIMARILY about the gifts, but about their purpose
  6. Their purpose is to help us GROW UP!
  7. We ALL have some GROWING UP to do
    1. We may be/seem mature in some areas
    2. There are other areas where we are still 5 year olds fighting over a toy or throwing a fit because your parents just told you that you are getting another sister.
    3. We can be so EASILY swayed by hollywood, the flesh, the world or the Enemy of all Faith.
  8. There are areas in all our lives where we have not achieved total STABILITY – where our footing is UNSURE
  9. There are areas in our life where we DO NOT LIVE AS CHRIST LIVED – Areas we need to GROW UP INTO HIM….in.
  10. To become like Christ “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”
  11. To become a VITAL part of holding His church together “joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,”
  12. To participate in growing HIS church (numerically yes, but primarily SPIRITUALLY) when each part is working properly, makes the body grow
  13. To Build the CHURCH up IN LOVE! “so that it builds itself up in love.” 
  • We stand together because we all need God
  • We stand together because we all need each other
  • We stand together because we are called to work together
  • We stand together because we are ONE BODY
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