110314 Marching Orders For The Church

Consider the following scriptures and thoughts. Consider your church. Is it marching to the scriptural beat of God’s drum?

Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Our marching orders come from the words of Ephesians 4:12. Through the spiritual gifting of Ephesians 4:11, Christ has appointed certain of His people to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Please notice that, in this context, these are spiritual gifts of leadership. This is in opposition to the selection of church leaders by a congregational vote. The physical presence of brick and mortar church leaders can be found in the letters to Titus and Timothy. In that context, congregations will choose their church leaders. Such elected or selected leaders may, or may not, have the spiritual gifting that we find addressed in the text of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

There are key subjects of study that each congregation should consider.The subject of the end times is very timely, as we look at the social, political, and military conditions that can not be ignored in today’s world. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the whole Church, the body of Christ, to let our people know about the things that may soon be upon the world when God decides to judge sin during the time of the Tribulation. It is also important for believers in Christ to know that they will be free from such tribulation, and they will not miss the rapture of the church, which will take them out of this world before the Tribulation begins. For unbelievers, those people who do not have a saving relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we must realize a critical sense of urgency, to share the message of salvation with them, and let them know what must be done so they will not be “left behind” in this world when the rapture takes place. It will be horrible for those who find themselves in this world when God’s judgment comes on the world.

The book of Ephesians also addresses the need for us to engage in prayer, even as we read about “The Whole Armor Of God.” In Chapter 6, verse 18, we read the words, “praying always.” In James 5:16, we read the words, “effectual fervent prayer.” We should all be very serious about prayer, and enter into both individual and corporate prayer.

Our Lord Jesus has instructed His disciples to make disciples of others in all nations. We, who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, fall into that chain of discipling others.

Matthew 28:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Let’s get back to the seriousness of sharing the good news of Jesus to the world. The coming of the Lord in the air to catch up His church is real. It will take place when it is least expected; the times are telling.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

50 For I assure you, my brothers, it is utterly impossible for flesh and blood to possess the kingdom of God. The transitory could never possess the everlasting.

The dead and the living will be fitted for immortality

51-53 Listen, and I will tell you a secret. We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the trumpet sounds! The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised beyond the reach of corruption, and we who are still alive shall suddenly be utterly changed. For this perishable nature of ours must be wrapped in imperishability, these bodies which are mortal must be wrapped in immortality.

Please don’t be left behind.

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