by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Ephesians 4:13-16

The King James Bible has a comma after "saints" but
that is really misleading. That doesn't give you the
impact and the thrust of the passage. My role as the
pastor/teacher is to equip the saints. Some of these
terms are so familiar to us that we forget that people
who are coming into our fellowship and have been here
for only a brief period of time and may come from
different backgrounds. They don't understand what's
involved here. After the service last Wednesday night
some of our folks were telling about a new Christian,
asking the question—who are the saints? We have to
understand that the saints are born again people. If
you have been saved, you are a saint. I'm not talking
about your behavior. I'm not talking about how
consistent or inconsistent you may be in your
Christian life. But the word "saint" means someone
who has been set apart. When the Bible addresses
these books to the saints, it is not talking about
believers who were especially holy who have gone on to
heaven. It is talking about living people—born again
people. My role is to equip the saints for the work
of the ministry. My thrust last week was that every
born again believer has a ministry. The word
"ministry" means service—a place of service. You have
a ministry. You have a place of service.

I had a couple from our fellowship who came in tonight
to see me and they have a ministry to children. I was
excited to hear what they do. They go into some of
the tough areas here in Jacksonville and other places
and they teach the Bible to children in open-air
places. They put up a sound system and they get boys
and girls to come and they teach them about Jesus.
That's their ministry. That's their service that they
render to the Lord.

Every believer is to have a place of service—to have a
ministry. There is a sense in ...

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