We have been looking at the maturing church as outlined in Ephesians 4. Last time we looked at how the process works. Now the big question is: How long does it take!
Ephesians 4:12 really lays out the process of the maturing church for us. (to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up) If you were to read it as in the Greek it would say: “toward the equipping of God’s people unto a work of service unto building up the body of Christ.”
Why is it that in society today being helpful to others is just a theory, but practically, needing help is perceived as a weakness! In fact, in the corporate world if someone cannot do a task on their own they are considered a liability! Teams become collections of individuals with no sense of teamwork at all. Is it possible that this thinking has invaded the church today? Much to our detriment I fear that it has. is that the way they church is supposed to function? A loosely knit collection of individuals? No, it isn’t… Continue reading
Do you remember when you first realized the power of prayer?
A favorite saying of my wife and I is “It’s all in season.” What we mean by that is that life changes all the time. With every change in life you enter a different season. Perhaps you can’t do the things you used to do, perhaps you’ve finished an education, perhaps you have changed a career. All of those things and many more represent seasons in our lives and God is there with us…
Have you ever been asked a question that starts with “Did you remember…”? I know that I have, my wife says not so much, but perhaps that’s because she is the one asking me those questions… Remembering is an important concept in my household. I have to remember to take all the things I need with me to work and to do my jobs around the house. My boys have to remember to bring home their homework and do their chores. In fact, remembering is so important that we even have these little sticky-notes stuck in strategic places around the house for my kids so that they don’t forget… to remember… I think it also helps to save my wife’s voice…
I have often told my wife that I have a box in the back of my head. If I am given something to think about that I need to ponder over before coming to a conclusion or decision I say that I will drop it in my box and let it process. Weird huh? Weird, but true. Then a day or so later some thought will come to me and I will know what to do without having to have poured any real energy into thinking about it. Sounds bizarre but has been strangely effective over the years. Unfortunately I have another box and in this box I have put God, and I need to get Him out!