Everyone, Not Just One
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;" - Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB Yesterday I shared that we will be starting a new series called Small Giant: Being Great Instead of Big. In the series, we're going to be looking at the culture of our church and the culture that it's going to take to become a "great" church. Today I want to share with you another aspect of this culture; I call it the "everyone, not just one" approach. In our passage today we see that God's desire for the church is as follows: God-given leaders that equip the Saints for the works of service to build up the body. However, for as long as I can remember the model I've observed has been totally different. This model goes something like this, God-given saints paying a leader to do the works of service to grow a church. Now the problems with this model are far too numerous to list. But suffice it to say that unless we recapture God's original model we will never see a culture where everyone, not just one is valuable. The scriptures tell us that we are a body and that each part is special and unique. When we embrace this, I believe that the church will function the way God intends. God has been patient with us for a very long time, but now is the time to see what He has in store for us. Challenge:
I want to challenge you today to seek God and discover just what He has made you for inside the church. Pray about it. Ask those you trust. Talk to those who lead you, as they may see your gifts a mile away. Once you discover your gift find ways that you can use it for the glory of God, and for the building up of the church.