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July 1, 2017



Ephesians 4:12


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





The purpose of all these gifted leaders is to prepare the rest of the saints to minister, and so to build up the body of Christ, the church.  The role of these leaders is to minister the Word to the saints in the church, so that the saints can minister the Word in the world. All the saints should participate in service, not just the leaders. One writer cautioned against viewing only the leaders as doing equipping ministry.271 Every Christian has a gift, or gifts, with which he or she can and should serve.


So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. But before you can become a good teacher/leader, you must become a good servant first.


The life of a faithful Christian is characterized by a constant growth process. When one becomes a Christian they begin a lifelong journey of service to God.


Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9


You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

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