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Identity: Things to Believe, Things to Be Done Missionary Gifts: How Does the Church Thrive? Ephesians 4:1-16 "Spiritual gifts!" has been the answer to a lot of churchy questions. "How can I enjoy serving people more? How can I get the most out of church? How can I realize my full potential as a Christian?" Oddly, these aren't the questions the Bible is interested in answering. Instead of catering to our interests as consumers, God counteracts our tendency to make his kingdom all about our individual preferences. As we talk about "spiritual gifts," the questions we encounter are wider in scale: How do God's people thrive? How does the kingdom grow? How does the church reflect the powerful unity in diversity that we see in the Father, Son and Spirit themselves?
We are Called to Suffer like Christ. Our Calling has - 1. An Earthly Purpose 2. An Infinite Price and 3. An Effectual Power
The shepherds saw the angels, saw Jesus and responded by telling everyone they could. When we hear God's call there is a proper response.
Part 2 in our Christmas series gives us a glimpse into the lives of the social outcasts who were the invited guests at the arrival of the King.
We turn our attention today to the role of the shepherds. These unsuspecting guardians of livestock find themselves visited by an angel in the middle of the night. There initial response to the light is one of fear, but the more they learn, the more their fear dissipates. I pray that you will be able to come away from this sermon with a deeper understanding of the role that “Light” plays in your life. It will either produce anxiety and dread, or a joy unspeakable. In the end, the shepherds “hurried off” and found the baby Jesus, and their lives were never the same. May we all be changed as we encounter Christ this Christmas.
The theme of God being a shepherd and his people being sheep is a common one in scripture. Jesus identifies himself with the shepherd God of Psalm 23, and the significance of his followers hearing and responding to the voice of their Shepherd.
Jesus is the true shepherd who feeds and satisfies his sheep and so we are called to be filled and be full on His meal. The passage clearly shows that the sheep need a shepherd, but we the sheep must respond to the shepherd's meal.
When we think of “freedom” we often think of our American Constitution, which outlines the liberties and rights of our citizenship in this country. But is that the right framework to think of our spiritual freedom in? See what God says about true freedom from sin, addiction, and the empty promises of this world.