EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:11-15‬ ‭‬‬

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith andContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:11-15‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:7-16‬‬‬

“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to ourContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:7-16‬‬‬”

1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11

There are so many things that can become entangled with the gospel. This is largely because the message contained within it is an open call and doorway for all to enter into God’s blessings through Christ’s sacrifice. But many things come into it that don’t belong. John reveals to us that things will one dayContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11”

1 CORINTHIANS 14:26-40

The key to living in God’s image is not simply being at peace with one’s self. It is living self sacrificially. This type of living is, by necessity, an ordered, disciplined and structured living. It is not structured according to selfish ambition but toward the reflective benevolence of God’s character. So often, our metric forContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 14:26-40”

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31

So often people in a community become jealous of the strong. But in truth, the only weak members are the one who are uncultivated in their uniqueness. People in a group are not weak because they “don’t fit in,” with the status quo. Diversity is a recipe for success, not failure. But diversity requires aContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31”

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11

The idea of a spiritual gift is a seminal idea in our active faith. They are a covenant of sorts between man and God that his image will be a productive one as played out in creation. All people in his body bear the privilege of their gift, while also bearing the burden to useContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11”