Contributed on Jul 15, 2009
Paul prays for believers to experience Christ-likeness, not just on an individual level, but on a corporate level as a local body of believers.
(Show Video—Stethoscope) Last time, we looked to Paul’s prayer here and noted that he asks for God’s power to work in the lives of the Ephesian believers so that they might enter into Christ-likeness. We pointed out how Christ-likeness is something for us to enter into - to receive, rather ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2009
How can I, as a believer, walk in the victory that is my heritage in Christ?
Two people, each claiming to be a Christian, lose their job. One falls into a severe depression; while the other retrains himself and enters an entirely new field of employment, discovering more fulfillment than he ever had in his old job. The difference? One followed God’s formula for victorious ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2009
Church unity requires our behaving in such a way as to not grieve the work of the Holy Spirit.
In a church bulletin, a hurried secretary typed “the church was untied,” instead of, “the church was united.” What was out of place? The “I” was! In our passage for today, Paul tells us about unity in the church. As he does, he says that the unity of the church is a spiritual reality; but also a ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2009
If a church is to grow, it must have gifted leadership and a committed membership.
It has been said that the same law which God has instituted in nature which declares that healthy living things will grow naturally, applies to the growth of the local church. Since the church is an organism, rather than an organization, if it can maintain its spiritual health and vitality, it will ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2009
What are the biblical characteristics of a growing church?
Last time, as we focused on verses 11 and 12, we made note of the two essentials of church growth - gifted leadership (v. 11) and committed membership (v. 12). A church will never rise higher than the skills of the leadership and will go no farther than the commitment of the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2009
Are are the Biblical evidences that a church is growing as it should?
In this passage, Paul speaks about growing the church. We have looked to verses 11 and 12, where he tells us the essentials of church growth - gifted leadership (v. 11) and committed membership (v. 12). Then in verse 13, we noted the essence of church growth - unity. Specifically, a growing ...read more