– November 21, 2021
What is the church all about? Is it a building? Is it a weekly one hour service? Is it a social club? Is it my once a week spiritual fix? Let’s break this down.
- The of the church. ( 4:11)
- One who is sent with a commission. Jesus had many disciples, but selected 12 apostles and later the Apostle Paul. Their purpose was to lay the foundation of the church (along with the prophets) with their authority through miracles and teaching (Eph. 2:19-22).
- One who proclaims the Word of God. In both the Old and New Testaments, their primary function was to instruct the people with God’s Word. Since there was no N.T. available to the early church, God gave prophets a word of spiritual instruction to “strengthen, encourage, and comfort” believers (I Cor. 4:3).
- Bearer of the good news. They sometimes traveled but were ready wherever they were to share the gospel and reach the lost (Acts 8:26-40). They built on the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and were the reason the church continued to grow.
- Pastor literally means “shepherd,” so Teaching Pastor or Teaching Shepherd would work well here. It conveys the dual role shepherds had of feeding and leading their flocks (I Pet. 5:1-4). The pattern in the New Testament was to have a team of these teaching shepherds, aka elders, leading the local churches (Acts 20:28).
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” -Paul to the elders of the Church at Ephesus, Acts 20:28
- The of the church. (Eph. 4:12)
for to keep God’s Church!
- The of the church. (Eph. 4:13-14)
Attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ
“I want to know Christ- yes, to know the power of His resurrection and
participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him…” -Phil. 3:10
- We are the of Christ, the Church. (Eph. 4:15-16)
Working together as one, we are to speak and live the truth in love, growing closer in our walk with God and each other, and bringing others with us as we go.