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Equipping the Saints (6 of 7)
Series: Our Savior, Our Church, Our Future
Ernest L. Easley
We are thinking these Sunday nights about Our Savior (who is building His church), Our Church (we are the body of Christ), and Our Future (which is bright and certain).
Now for several weeks, we have been discovering what is involved in our Exalting the Savior! For Paul tells us in Colossians 1.18, ''And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence [to be first, hold the first place].
Jesus is to be first in all that we do! Jesus is to hold first place in every ministry and activity that we do! He is to have the preeminence in every Sunday School lesson, in every message preached, in every witness we give. He is to have the preeminence!
Now in practice, there are many ways we can exalt Him. We exalt Him through our Unity! Jesus prayed in John 17.21, ''that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.''
We also exalt Him through our Diversity. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12.18, ''But now God has set the members each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.''
Our Interdependence exalts the Savior. 1 Corinthians 12.20, ''But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.''
And as equally important, we exalt the savior through the building up of our fellowship. And I pray that every Sunday School class, every choir, every ministry will decide to be an inclusive fellowship, including everyone that God sends our way. Including everybody that we have the opportunity to share Jesus with!
Yes, we can anticipate External Opposition from the Devil and his crowd. That's one way He will attempt to disrupt and divide our fellowship. You can anticipate the Invasion of Hyprocrisy. And, you can anticipate Internal Dissension.
These are all the Devil's way t ...
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