THE CALL: CLERGY, LAITY, LIVING STONES AND

SAINTS EQUIPPED FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY

 

(To Carry Out The Mission of The Church in This Post Modern World)

THEME: LEADERSHIP, DISCIPLESHIP, AND STEWARDSHIP

 

The need of the present hour is the recovery of The Priesthood of all believers--Discipleship with a Global Mission.

 

Scripture Guides: (1) “I came not to be served but to serve.” (Matt. 20.25ff; (2) “Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet...” (John 13. 5) (3) Servant or Super Star? (Acts 8.32,33; Isa. 53); (4) “Are they servants of Jesus?” (II Cor. 11.23ff.) Also Phil. 2.1-22, Col. 1.15-20, Eph 6.10-20.

 

“As you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28.16-20; Mark 16.15-18)

 

“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4.11-14)

 

“Come to him [Jesus Christ], a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.... But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (I Peter 2.4-5; 9-10)

 

Three Gardens:

 

The Garden with Adam - Paradise Lost - Genesis 1

Satan in the Garden with Jesus - Matthew 4.1ff.

Paradise Regained - Revelation 22.16-20

 

James Strauss, Lincoln Christian College