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Establishing Kingdom Series: Part 2

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

The Importance of Christ as Foundation. I don’t think anyone is going to argue against the fact that Christ is the centre of his church. He is the King, seated at the right hand of his Father, and has left his first disciples and us who follow to continue his legacy. In the above passage, we notice four things: 1. “He” Jesus gave some; 2. The List of Positions; 3. The Reason: To equip the saints; 4. The Purpose: For the work.

1. “He (Jesus) Gave Some As.” Today what we’re wanting to stress is the fact the “He” (that is Jesus) gave some to be in these roles in establishing the Kingdom on the earth. These roles will only exist during this phase of the earth, afterwards, we will be in heaven and all would have been evangelised and believers of the Most High. There won’t be a need for outreaching or evangelising anymore. Last week we referenced to the verse of 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, ‘that no foundation can be laid other than that which is laid in Christ Jesus.‘ Jesus is the foundation which all the roles build in reference to. Jesus is the reference always in every step of the church building process.

2. The List of Positions. We find in this passage a list of positions which have been given as “gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8) by Jesus himself as he ascended into heaven. We have 1. The Apostles, 2. The Prophets, 3. The Evangelists, 4. The Shepherds, 5. The Teachers. All these roles play critical functions within establishing the Kingdom on earth. It’s when either one is not properly understood that we find an area of dysfunction emerges in the Body of Christ. The roles go both ways. From those called to those who will sit under their care. Hebrews 13:17 talks about how to have confidence in your leaders as they will give account for your souls. In other words, they will have to answer for their works, and we all know those in ministry will be judged harsher than those who aren’t (James 3:1). It is also important to understand they have not only received a function within the body of Christ but also a measure of Christ’s gift (Eph 4:7). Which means God has also designated them certain areas of strength as well as capacities for those things. They are also gaining daily an understanding of their callings, and so patience is needed when sitting under any leader, but your faithfulness is not to them, but to the Lord. He is your rewarder when you know how this all comes together. We see this occur in the life of Paul among others, but he, in particular, was in the desert for three years making sense of the ministry the Lord called him to. Peter is another example of how someone can still refine their message, even whilst in ministry.

3. The Reason: To Equip the Saints. This equipping of the saints is the central idea as to why the roles are placed in the community of Christians. They are there to equip, educate, bless and open up an understanding of the Word of God, which all reflects the actions of Christ. It is like personal trainers have been left to instruct the church into its future identity of Christ. Christ is the model and they are positioned to establish Christ in each person they lead and care for. Every student needs a teacher, every disciple needs a Rabbi, the same is true for the church. Some are beginners in the faith and some more seasoned, but all called to fit into this picture of establishing the Kingdom on the earth. For more on this, we can look to a passage like 1 Corinthians 12 where it describes how the body is to function with each other. Something of another topic in light of this, but definitely part of the big picture.

4. The Purpose: For the Work of Service. I’ve called this point “The Purpose” because it is the aim of establishing others enough in their faith to effectively work in the aspects of Christ and their callings and mission paths in the community. The body of Christ can function properly as a whole also when each part does its part. Ephesians 4:16 actually points out how when each part functions “properly it causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” This is when we know we’ve reached the healthy state of the Christian community. When it is able to keep rolling on with a momentum and the culture in that place is so strong it will remain. This service and momentum continue within the body, and also begins to impact the environment around it. It becomes part of the missional aware church of Christ’s Vision to all the earth.

Conclusion. The idea of church is to enjoy your leaders and to take care of them. They’ve been called to accomplish a task in your midst of training and equipping you for able workmanship in God’s Kingdom. Understand how each part comes together and you’ll find your church perspective shift to a powerhouse thinking which is all accredited to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessings, QSP.

Prophetic Testimony

2x Prophetic Testimonies:

1. The Storm of 2010 & 2. The Trip to Jamaica

If you have a story, please share it! We all benefit

from testimonies – it builds faith!

Blessings, Qsp.

God’s Big Picture.

In reading Stephen’s case before the high priest and people of the Jewish community. (Acts 6:1-8:3) It is amazing, to see Gods hand over the big picture of things. If you’ve read the story you will know that Stephen is recorded to be full of “grace and power” and how no one could “withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking”. (6v10) We can agree he was a God fearing and godly man! But people rallied against him in unity and brought false witness against him. And they succeeded and he was stoned. But do you see God’s big picture!? Reading further we see the Fathers redemptive plan at work and how he will set his nation who bear name of his Son free. God converts Saul who was present at the stoning of Stephen. Saul then becomes Paul whom we all love and appreciate because most of the New Testament was penned by him. We’ve received much knowledge and truth by this man. Can you see the master plan of God? Some of us will cop those initial death penalties, but God will work on the hearts of those who plan such evil against his works. Saul thought he was doing God a service, but God revealed to Saul that was doing the opposite! The last thing I’m sure Saul would ever want to be doing. This impacted his life so much, that he become an apostle chosen of the Father to teach millions the words and oracles of God. From one man’s death came the life of another, and the fruit of that ministry has gone into all the earth and even our generation.

Praise God for his master plan. Don’t see such an event as the death, but as the grand plan which God orchestrates to right those wrongs and fix the problems faced by the people called by the name of his Son, Jesus Christ! God will turn the situation around. There was death but there will come life. Let us only believe and have faith in God. As the faith of Stephen didn’t fade while being stoned, let us never lose heart when we might be the person being stoned. God will not forget and God will work tirelessly on those people. Trust in God no matter it being peace time or persecution. Amen. Blessings, Qsp.

Did you know an offense is bitterness?

Did you know that an offense is bitterness? I only recently discovered what bitterness was. I always knew the effect of bitterness, things like grumpy old man, bitter old woman, etc. But for some reason I could never figure what caused those attitudes and misearble outcomes. Then I looked up the word ‘bitterness’ and it said the attitude taken at the slightest of offenses. Wow. Now it all makes sense, why the bible says to guard against a root of bitterness, or that if your brother has offended you to go to him quickly and try and sort it out. Wow. Be careful of being offened and I would encourage you to not simply just pray away an offense, but to as far as you can to talk with the person who has caused the offense. I bet you’ll find that people don’t do this these days, but those conversations are so important to solve to truly love and care for the community around you. Blessings, QuickStudyProphetic.

Choosing your friends wisely.

Yes it’s true that as Christians we’ve been called to all people. But I still believe there is such strength in having a few closer than the rest types of people in your life. Not everyone can handle the real grime of your day like a close friend can. It is important to choose these people carefully, as sometimes mixed values can blur the lines of your calling and mission for which the Lord has sent you. Jesus often went off to a secret place, but would have his sidekicks Peter and John with him as he went. Why was this? It was always the same two disciples, but didn’t Jesus choose twelve? These are the closer friends that I’m speaking about. You need to have them around to help you when your going through tough decisions or times, and likewise you can repay them and be there for them in equally tough times and changes. It is a very assuring thing to know that these people will be there on the other side of the storm, and this is the reason I think Jesus himself sought to have this kind of closer relationship with the two men. If you are this to someone, be encouraging but also truthful and honest. Just because we don’t agree some of the time, does not mean the relationship is over. In fact a little testing with fire can produce a very strong case in the correct direction. We need these people in our lives, so protect those relationships wherever possible. God bless, QuickStudyProphetic.

I wanted happiness.

I’m looking for happiness, when it’s been in the long term striving all along. It’s not about figuring it out, it’s about walking the road set before you. Nothing is guaranteed. It is how you handle those matters of life that are the fun parts which lead to victory or defeat. Time to give glory to God! The curse brought in a lot of problems. Working hard, pain, thorns, weeds, etc. All these never existed once before but with the breaking of belief – sin entered this world through Adam. Notice how Paul writes “through Adam”, not Eve even though she was the first to be deceived. Humanity rests on the shoulders of responsibility. We need more people seeing the truth and explanations of God as pure and righteous to get somewhere. God has set us free from the curse in Christ, however the curse still exists on this planet profusely. On every side we have people dying, getting sick, and being possessed by that felon the Devil! These are all effects of the curse, or the effects of not obeying the Lord God Almighty, and accepting his knowledge to be supreme to ours. Accept it God is higher, stronger, and faster. Nothing will ever change that. God bless you guys in Jesus name. Amen. Qsp.

No more machine gun preaching.

I feel the Lord has just given me a vivid revelation about humans fighting each other with bullets. Now keep in mind I have family in the Navy. This subject has been something on my mind for some time. The following is what the Lord has walked with me in writing. USA and British should not fight ISIS tooth for tooth. In other words gun against gun, but should turn to the protector of all people God Almighty. You might say but God has given me a brain to protect myself in advance, but do you not know that God has foreseen the future before you were even born. How much greater wisdom than the peace which surpasses understanding? God will not forget any nation who turns to him as their main line of defense. And even if you are killed, God does not forget. The blood of the martyrs cry out to God constantly that he would bring justice to their injustice, and I promise you that day is coming very soon. Perhaps you cannot even see it. Australia you should also step down your arms and surrender to God Almighty as your sword and shield, your armed drone and nuclear submarine! Give over the control to the Lord God Almighty and He will make straight your paths. Speak only what he speaks to you, and put away your quick tongue. Listen more than you speak. God will show you the very thing you’ll need to do, ask, or say. Wait on the Lord he knows best! So just so that we’re clear even helping the local military of Iraq, to defend itself is still fighting this battle weapon against weapon. This should not occur, our weapons are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, and destroying principalities. Wait on God. Forget such thing as human strength. God is not sleeping he waits patiently for his name to be called. Speak with God and you might learn something oh gun slinging man. There is nothing against weaponry as tools for game either food or protection, but against another human life this shouldn’t be the solution. Thanks, Kind Regards, Richard.

Relational Difficulties

#Focusing On The Road Set Before You#

There are many things which can distract and draw your attention from the things that you are to be doing. Many times relationships can surprise you and take a turn for the worst, and become perhaps quiet damaging. It is time to step away from such things after trying to reconcile and adjust to new rhythms and styles. This is one distracting things which can consume a lot of our daily lives, but we need to be ready to go the extra mile time and again. It seems like a huge ask when things aren’t that pleasant and there is constant strife in the relationship. Strife means, “a differing on fundamental principles”. It is the thing Jesus was speaking of when he said, “and the enemies of a mans life will be the members of his own household”. And again when he speaks about “dividing two against three”, and “mother against son, and daughter against her father”. These speak about a change in direction. See when Christ comes into our lives, his truth permeates ALL of our existence. Everything becomes different, and the way we think changes. This is also known as the renewing of your mind. We cannot exercise friendship with the things that are evil and be a trusted companion of God’s. It is impossible. You will be in both camps and God says he will spit out the lukewarm on the day of judgement. Our loyalties now rest with the King. Even though our families might revile us or reject us it is important to not loose heart, and remember Jesus Christ went through all these same things, and this is the reason he spoke of them. Praise God for that! I love Jesus for leading us on the straight and narrow road. The bible actually calls that way, “narrow and hard is the way which leads to life”. It is tough man, and it sometimes gets immensely hard, but there is always hope in the Father. Hallelujah. Amen.

God bless you in the Love of Christ,

QuickStudyProphetic.

No Other Name #2

#Humanness Verses God#

There is no other name in heaven or on the earth weightier than the name of God. With all perseverance and persuasion, the Lord’s name must be glorified to the ends of the earth. There are many ideals which can consume your money and your time, Jesus said,

“Why do you spend your money on things which are not food?”

This is a fantastic statement, because it reveals the nature of God. Nothing is higher than the Lord, and we go about finding reasons to live for. Installing a pool in the back yard, renovation our house, buying the newest car. When the entire time our prize in heaven gets smaller and smaller. Eventually we’re going to be living on the lawn of one of our heavenly neighbors.

Jesus asked of some pertinent questions. “Come follow me” as he’d call to some of his disciples. There once was even a case where a disciples father had died, and he’d asked Jesus if he could first go bury him and then he’d come follow Jesus. Jesus replied to him, “Let the dead bury the dead” – how is this possible if God’s calling is not weightier than anything we will ever do. God is much higher than what our society and cultures tell us is proper or good. God is still higher, and remains more wise and truthful than any other.

Humanness is an enemy of God’s will and desire. We need to submit our every plan and purpose to God completely. There comes a time for the things the Lord has for my life, and I know they are coming, but the time is simply not yet. Does that mean the Lord cannot be at work within me at this point in time? Absolutely not. In fact he is relentlessly working on my mind and will in so many many ways! It takes time to rewire some things of this world, so that we can truly testify to the width, breadth and height of an almighty consuming God. And amazing he is. Jesus went through a time of preparation, only beginning to preach when he was thirty. Paul once converted on the Damascus road took three years to finally go back to Jerusalem. Often time is taken to make preparations and truly understand God’s ideas in life. Let’s not assume we know unless he has spoken, then you can be assured and do that.

God Is So Great, There Is None Like Him, And There Will Never Be.

Blessings, Qsp.

No Other Name

#No Other Name#

We have a name, but no other name means anything more than the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without the name of Christ there is nothing which matters or has any worth, because it is he who gives worth to everything made of God.

We commit our lives to so many things, and so many times this name of his goes unrecognized and honored in a central place of our routine. Without God you and I don’t exist. There can never be anything on this earth without the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be aware of the idols which consume your minds and your time. I will not call any of these sins at the moment, but warn very sternly that earthly happiness will lead you away from God, do not think for one second that you’re stronger than the desires of the flesh! We are in this world, but not of it. That means we are here but look nothing like the people around us. All our strengths and prizes are in glorifying the name of God in and through our lives. This generation, and people of the world, have always pursued and honored the flesh. And you as children of God also have the flesh nature with you, however it is your job by the Spirit of God to resist those things. The world desires physical strength, beauty, wealth, and popularity, however none of these are pleasing to God. Do not be fooled into thinking that you are being relevant. You are further from the truth than you think. People of the world have always pursued after things of the flesh, and these are shameful, because God has honored sexuality, marriage, and true worship. God has no desire for the things and opinions of people, he looks into their hearts and sees everything they really are. The lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. These things continuously pillage the churches and rob the people of truth and righteousness. However these things are not our way. Our way is the way of Christ. His wounds and his glory. Let us not be fooled that these things are of God, but rather of man. We’ve been called for God’s purpose, not ours or the people of this world. Our lives should constantly reflect those truths. Only those who pursue God and not this world are worthy. The first will be last, and the last first.

To No Other Name, Glory To The Only Name Worth Our Time And Effort.

Amen, Qsp.

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