I am always trying to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us as a church family.  What is he up to?  As I look over the last 9 months of our life as a church body I see a couple of things. 

  1. I see Pastor Ron need to take some time down.  
  2. I see the Lord directing us as a staff to plan for and implement the LIFT@home initiative which (some of you know this and some of you don’t) but has been in the works now for about 6 months and will continue to be a major initiative in our midst for the foreseeable future. 
  3. I see Pat Schatzline come and give a prophetic word to our church about the unqualified
  4. Finally and most unexpectedly I see Revive IN come blazing through with all that God did during that intense season and all He is continuing to do.

 

These things may not feel connected but I believe they are.  I do not believe that anything happens on accident.  I believe that the good, wise, and omnipotent hand of God is at work at all times making all things work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.  I believe that in ALL of this God is saying something significant to us a people.  This word from the Lord is not new.  It is however a word for this moment and a word that is preparing us for the next season of His plan for us individually and for this church as a body.

 

Before we jump off into what I am hearing the Spirit say - I want to make something very clear - if you do not belong to this church or if you do not even have a relationship with Christ that does not mean that what I am about to say is not for your ears - you are not here on accident.  You are HERE because the same God that gave you breathe and life wants to speak to you.  He wants you to hear him today - he desires for ALL of us to hear him and to respond to what he has to say.

 

So I am going to pray - 

 

Eph 4:11

11And He gavesome [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] evangelists, and some [as] pastors and teachers,

  • The Five-Fold ministry gifts - these are what we look for when we ordain.  It is this level of calling that we would put on our church staff because they have a special assignment.
  • I’m not going to spend time on what each of these things are because that’s not the point of this talk.

12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

  • for the equipping of the saints
    • the Greek here is weird
    • I dont find anything akin to the word equipping like we would use it - like giving someone what they need to do the job
    • It is more along the lines of - ordering, assigning, organizing, and also this word is used for the setting of a bone or the mending of a net
    • in that it makes sense because we dont give them the gifts we just do all we can to enable and empower the saints to use them.
      • fix broken self images and gifts that have gone out of use for whatever reason
      • help people discover their gifts
      • train people to use their gifts in a way that edifies the body and wins the lost
      • direct the “big picture” of gift implementation to accomplish the purpose of the Holy Spirit
  • for the work of service
    • the work of ministry is the job of ALL of the church
      • the division of labor is what is talked about here
      • these five-fold ministers dont do all the ministry themselves
      • they train, organize and empower the rest of the saints to do most of it.
      • Kyle is a perfect example of an EPH 4:12 evangelist
  • to the building up of the body of Christ
    • It is as people discover the grace gift God has given them and they employ it that the body of Christ becomes
      • alive - active - effective
      • unified - working as one to live up to our high potential

 

In light of what the Bible has to say about the division of labor in the body of Christ AND in light of what God seems to be saying to us as a church - 

The staff here at First Assembly will do all we can to do what God says the 5-fold ministers are supposed to do:

     We will help you to see your gifts and your callings

     We will train you to be the church

     We will enlist, encourage, and empower you to be the church

    

We cannot be the church FOR you! - YOU ARE THE CHURCH

 

You are NOT a consumer you are a participant!

 

You are Gods plan A for changing your world! There is no plan B!

     

 

Here is what I believe God is saying - Take OWNERSHIP

     of your own relationship with Christ

     of your responsibility as THE CHURCH in the world

          of your grace gifts

          of the lives that you are in touch with

     of your homes

 

Here’s how we take ownership: BE INTENTIONAL

Make a plan

  1. goals - what are we going to do?
  2. dates - when are we going to do it?
  3. followup - how did we do?

 

personal relationship - altar call

 

gifts - spiritualgiftstest.com

 

family - lift@home - parents take time this week to help you kids make their plans and make a plan as a family.

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