Sun, 8 February 2015
February 8, 2015
Count Me In
Synopsis: Every part of the body has its own function and therefore every part is important to the whole. Paul knew that (Ephesians 4:4-6). It’s not rocket science. The older I get the more I realize the whole body suffers when any part is absent or ceases to function. In other words, the whole body gets sick when any part is sick.
All who come to faith in Christ Jesus are appointed a place in the body of Christ whether you are referring to the local congregation or the universal Church. Every believer is gifted with particular functions, gifts, abilities for the benefit of the whole. Sometimes believers just don’t know how to get plugged into the body. Sometimes believers are not aware of their individual gifts. Sometimes believers are not aware of how God will use them in making the body more complete. I want to address some of these issues today and over the next few Sundays. First, let’s talk about worship and learn some of the lessons of Ephesians.
Worship is central to the body of Christ. Worship of God the Father flows naturally by faith in Jesus the Christ the Son and through the power and presence of the Spirit. We do not worship alone.
Would you like to become a part of the body of Christ in this place? The first step is to trust in the redemptive work of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The second step begins our journey of obedience to His commands. Another step in our journey involves becoming a part of the body of Christ. Are you ready to step forward and be counted as part of the body?
Know this, when you say “Count Me In” others in the body will be counting on you.
Scripture Text (NLT): Ephesians 4:1-6; 1:3, 6, 23; 2:12-19
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:4-6