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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.

Establishing Kingdom Series: Part 1

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1 Corinthians 3:10-11

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise master builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We need to value the Apostolic gift more. With this, we also need to understand the Apostolic still functions today. As I’ve worked in various communities, I find this has become more and more obvious. I used to think it was obvious. “Continue in the teachings of the Apostles,” the word says and, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets”. We need the Apostolic, but we never hear who these people are? Today we only hear about Pastors, Teachers, Elders, Evangelists, and if your lucky true Prophets. One of the things Satan has carefully worked as is washing away the foundations.

In Closing. I hope this has encouraged you and brings an awareness of this area into your life. It is a desperate prayer need for this country of Australia, and globally. Australia, in particular, is close to my heart as I’ve been sent to slave here, and there are some very clear reasons it struggles in this area, and most of it boils down to pride and irritation with authority figures. Please keep Australia in your prayers.

Many Blessings, QSP.

Where is my focus?

Where is my focus?

I’ve been asking myself this question for some time now. Why do we seem to forget the little things which made us spark at the beginning of our journeys? The flesh is weak that is for sure. We need the strength and mercy of God to help us through these times.

Recently my wife and I have became members of a new church and its something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. To finally have a community in which we could be involved and live out God given gifts and abilities. We are only part of a body, not the entire body after-all.

But something I’ve noticed in this journey is the desire to be seen and known by these people. Both my wife and I have degrees from Bible College, and there’s something inside me which says let us help you, but the Lord I believe is saying otherwise! But this has challenged some hidden things inside my heart I believe. It’s been a very long time since I’ve simply attended church and done some simple things around the place. I’m used to in over my head, but glory to God kind of stuff. But he’s teaching me something new. And through the frustration I think I’m beginning understand what it is now.

Sometimes we forget why we began loving God in the first place. It wasn’t because of status and position in the church, it was because we loved him with all our hearts and we could not help ourselves in face of his goodness. It was a desperate place where our hearts lay bare and we’d love him till the day we’d die. I know this is my story anyways. God gripped me deep down in my being.

So he leads us, and I must say it has been an enjoyable journey thus far. So I leave you with this today, where’s your journey taking you, and have you figured out yet why certain frustrations might be present in your life? It’s a good exercise, and something which requires prayer and periodic questioning and reflection. Keep seeking to find.

With the Love of Christ, God Bless.

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