It’s Time to Man Up.
It’s Time to Man Up.
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
Read: If you can think it. If you can ask it. Heaven can do it and Heaven can better it. Back to vs 20
If there is a weak link, it comes up next. It’s according to the power that works in us. Example: Being robbed. Wait here, I need to go get me gun. Continue. To him be the glory in the church.
For Him to be able to do far more, and for Him to receive glory in the church. The Power Level Within us Needs to Be MAX.
HOW? Eph. 4
OSB Eph. 4:1-14
vs 2 Tolerance: To Hold Up One Another.
Vs 12 Build Up.
There is to be a Building up of the Body of Christ.
15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
We are to Grow Up.
Emphasize Grow up.
We Are to
Back to Eph 4:1
Read: If we could read Greek, (a manner worthy of) Is not in the Greek. Nothing wrong with it, but the scripture actually says,
1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
Read: I am not trying to earn a calling. I’m not really trying to work my way up to a calling. I have a calling, it is time to walk in it. Tease it out a little farther. Calling and called. Replace with the meaning of the Greek words.
To be summoned (state) v. - to be or become subject to an authoritative demand for one’s presence or participation.
I have an urgent invitation, to walk the walk he laid out for me, but I am also summoned. so I better be there. Read
12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Heaven is putting a demand on our lives.
One day, you and I will stand before God and give an account (Logos) for what we did with the plan He had for us. ( Explain )
You and I are to Show Up.
Moses, background, (Chapter 2 vers 1, Born into danger. Chapter 2 vers 6 Adopted into Privilege. Heaven had a plan from the beginning. I’m sure every day, Moses’ real mother told him of the plan God had for his life. Chapter 2: 12, Self Ambition. Leads to Murder. Chaptr 2: 15 Moses has to run away from His Past. Chapter 2:21 He marries into a pagan family.
Read. At 80, Moses is working in the desert for his pagan father-in-law. He seems to be a long way from the plan God had for His life.
Verse 4. What it is not. Yes. Finally. I’m getting out of this thankless, embarrassing, low paying Job. It’s time for Moses to shine.
Taking Attendance. The World Changing Ministry of Moses, was launched my a simple Here.
Most highlighted, underlined verse in the Bible. Here Lord. Anything You want, I am available for. Prove: Trial and Error.
Teaching: One of two. Hundreds. It did not matter. ( Scott & I) I love to teach. Early New Life. From teaching 3 times a week, to 2 times the first year. 2 times the second year. People would be teaching and I would be sitting there thinking of every direction I would take the lesson if I had a chance. They did not need a teacher. Karen and I volunteered for anything the needed. They needed Nursery Workers. So we tried nursery working (Jason) We became Greeters. Standing at the back of the church. “Thank you for coming, thank you for coming.” Prepare them for what is about to happen. (explain Pastor Kelley and word of Knowledge) ( “I became a hugger.) We were usher’s setting up chairs.(explain) Which led to dragging the cord. (Concert Night) Praying, “revealing, followed by Word of Knowledge. Developed by being available.
From the Foundation of the World, I was called to be a teacher. Not a nursery worker, not a greeter, not a bathroom cleaner, and not an user. But being willing to say here, present, when a need arose, led to 2 years down the road. ( Explain)
There are at least three phases of ministry in each person’s life.
Most folks live and die, and never enter into the first phase of their calling.
BMW: Old. 20 years older than my Boss. Most of our team are in their early to mid 20’s. They are on their first or second job. I have been in the ministry longer than any of them have been born. My grey hair gives me away. I was an old man. I loved the people. I enjoy working with the cars. I enjoy getting to do what I do. It just wasn’t full time ministry as I know it. Sunday afternoon. Dread. One day, the Lord said to me. You can either endure it, or you can embrace it. I had an aha moment. This is a phase of my life, that I will one day stand before God and give an account for. I saw a ministry field I had not really valued much before. I have the opportunity to Minister, Pastor and Teach to folks who may never set foot in our doors. My job is not to get sinners to obey my bible. My Bible was written for me. I sinner who stops a particular sin, is still going to hell. People go to hell not for a particular sin. People go to hell for rejecting Jesus as saviour. I get to preach Jesus using only my life.
THE APOSTLE ANDREW John 1:40-43 Tells Peter his brother, we have found the Messiah and takes Peter to him. John 6:8 fish and loaves, Take them to Jesus. John 12:22 Greeks come to Philip wanting to see Jesus. Philip goes to Andrew. Andrew asks Jesus. Really the only thing you see Andrew doing is taking people to Jesus. For that, he sits on a throne in Heaven.
Pastor Allen, that’s fine for you and Moses and the Apostle Andrew, Pastor Tami and Pastor Rob. You are all big shots in the Kingdom. I’m just a little shot. I’m not called to full time ministry.
Read: Then Jump to verse 14
Read: What makes verse 14 possible? Verse 2
Questions: What if the slave girl was bitter? What if she was intimidated? Maybe even a little backward.
We Don’t Even Know Her Name!
Yet, the Great Naaman goes back home completely made whole. Every where he walks, he is a witness of God’s love. It’s all traced back to a young girl without a name, whose title was slave.
We Don’t Know Her Name!
Grace is the target of my Faith.
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Read vs 3 and demonstrate. I live by faith, so I consume my faith on my needs.
Add Verse 4
We All Have
Different Ways The Holy Ghost Shows Up.
Back to Ephesians 4
Proper Working of each individual part.
Example. 3 Volunteers.