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We are all called to the ministry of building God's kingdom. We are each given gifts for this ministry. Not all are the same but working together we act as one.
We are all called to the ministry of building Gods Kingdom and we are each given gifts to work in the church together as one body
In John 13:1-17, we see Jesus shocks his disciples by washing their dirty feet. As King of all creation, he is showing them, and us, that no one has eternal life without first being washed by him. Jesus also comes to offer comfort to all of us who have struggled with wondering how God can allow certain things and still call us to trust him.
We have just completed a 6 month study of a pastoral epistle entitled 1st Timothy; written by the apostle Paul in 60-62 A.D. to encourage a young man, whom he had left to minister at the church in Ephesus, reminding him of the importance of divine truth and how it leads to visible, productive change in the lives of true Christians. That same year, he wrote a similar letter to Titus, a young pastor who was organizing a church in Crete; and he said what you truly believe impacts how you behave. If you have a wrong view of God, you will live in ways that are unpleasing to God; whereas when you come to a true understanding of who God is; who you are; and how the Lord has brought about your new birth in Christ; it will lead to a radical change in your opinions, your world view and your behavior. Well around 66-67 A.D. Paul, along with other leading Christians, had been imprisoned by Nero once again and he knows within a very short time he will be put to death by the Roman government. So this epistle that calls for the next generation of Christians to stand boldly for the truth of God in the face of great hostility, is the last will and testament of the apostle Paul and it is a crucial book.
The Holy Spirit has equipped each disciple to serve as a member of the body of Christ. It is our part to discover and use those gifts to the glory of God, to the benefit of others and to the growth and joy of the servant. This message will continue to help discover the S.H.A.P.E of one's ministry.
In this parable, we see a picture of our lives, awaiting the return of our King. The citizens present a picture of those who refuse to submit to the King. But in the first two servants, we see their faithfulness with the minas the nobleman gives, and in them, we see our call to use our gifts faithfully to bear fruit.
Hans concludes our three week series on becoming a "3 C's" church with our final "C" - Contribute. He urges the Oaks body to be a body that joyful gives, serves, and contributes to the work of the ministry of the gospel.
The church of today is sick and on its death bed when compared to the early church! When you look at the early church we see how they were on God’s M.E.D.S., which are-missions, evangelism, discipleship, service and the church grew dramatically as a result. It’s time to obey God’s commission, it’s time to get on His M.E.D.S., and it starts with each of us falling on our faces and asking God to heal us of our cancer of worldliness, busyness, laziness and selfishness.