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From the Pastor’s Desk
As promised here are the final two points of my sermon on “Building”, one of which I covered briefly Sunday.
The second point was regarding HOW we are to build. I encourage you to read Ephesians chapter 4 and consider the following thoughts on HOW we are to build one another up. First, Jesus is always central. As we speak and encourage each other we must remember that the beginning, middle, and end goals are to make Christ the center of our lives and worship. We, as a people, must bring him into our times together. Second, we see a shortlist of behaviors we have heard before: be humble, be gentle, be patient, allow for each other’s faults, and forgive. This, to me, is love in practice. It is not a complete list, but it points to us loving each other the way Christ loves us! Third, we unite together in the Spirit. This means we make a choice to come under the leadership of the Spirit and bind ourselves together with peace. Have you ever bound something together? Why did you do it? I am sure not so it would come apart again, right? The world needs the church to bind ourselves together in peace because it is Christ’s peace that is needed for us and for the world. Last, is the gifts God has given are used by ALL! No matter the age of body or age of faith. God has designed The Body of Christ to work together to build each other up! It may not always be easy, but may we all opt-in.
The third point was speaking to the WHY of the building. There are two reasons we are called to this building work. The first is to equip God’s people to do his work here on earth, which we will address on Sunday. The second I spoke to briefly, so I will simply point us again to Ephesians 4:13-16 with my emphasis noted.
13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
In Christ’s Grace,
Pastor Bill Case
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