Timothy Witmer, in his book “The Shepherd Leader” describes the main roles of a good under-shepherd taking place in four categories: know, lead, feed, and protect. This is how you know you got a good one – He comes under the authority of God’s directives for his role. Below are some snapshots that I seen these demonstrated in our Pastor of 18 years.
The more I am involved in meetings, administration, leadership opportunities, teaching, and preaching, the more I see the need for humble explicity. Let me explain this slightly made up word and the theory behind it…
Paul opens up this letter, as he does with other letters, with a greeting and statement of address. However, this is more tailored to his particular audience and primary recipient, the Church in Ephesus and Timothy, respectively.
Paul adds to his normal self-ascription of apostle a few phrases, first by calling Jesus “Christ Jesus” and second by adding “by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.”
Often when we think of spiritual gifts, our minds go immediately to the passage in 1 Corinthians 12-14, which talk about gifts (responsibilities) that God gives to the people in His church (both local and total) for the edification of the church (both local and total) and the glory of His name. However, I would venture to speculate that while we run to this passage in 1 Corinthians when we think about Spiritual gifts, we do not run to the correct understanding of spiritual gifts.
Paul begins his letter by pointing out that the Ephesians he is writing to are “saints.” What does this mean for the Ephesian Christians preoccupied with a racially and religiously diverse, affluent, big business culture? We will look at three aspects of this calling over the next few weeks.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Over the past several weeks, we have looked at what bullying is, how God addresses the spirit and acts of bullying through Scripture, and how God addresses those who are experiencing bullying in their contexts through His word. This week we will be wrapping up our discussion by ending on a note of identity and security.
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