by Roger Thomas

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Eldership: Called to Care (4 of 4)
The Ships of Faith
Roger Thomas
1 Peter 5:1-7
September 29, 2002

Introduction: When I first visited this church two years ago and walked in the church office, I immediately noticed a clipping on the door in Kelly's office. I think she placed it there to serve as a reality check for everyone that comes into the office. It is still hanging there. The clipping lists the job descriptions for five different positions in the church. It goes like this (I have taken the liberty to edit it slightly): Each is rated in terms of five important characteristics—agility, strength, dexterity, faith, and spiritual authority.

Elder: Agility-Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Strength-More powerful than a locomotive. Dexterity-Faster than a speeding bullet. Faith-Walks on water. Spiritual authority-Makes policy with God. Deacon: Able to leap short buildings in a single bound. As powerful as a switch engine. Just as fast as a speeding bullet. Walks on water if the sea is calm. Talks with God. Youth Minister: Leaps short buildings with a running start. Almost as powerful as a switch engine. Faster than a speeding BB. Walks on water if he knows where the stumps are. Is occasionally addressed by God. Preacher: Runs into small buildings. Recognizes locomotives 2 out of 3 times. Uses a squirt gun. Knows how to use the water fountain. Mumbles to himself. Last must not least, Church Secretary: Lifts buildings to walk under them. Kicks locomotives off the track. Catches speeding bullets in her teeth. Freezes water with a single glance. When God speaks she says, "May I ask who is calling?" (Leadership, Vol. 7, no. 1. ) Now you know how the church really works!

Today, we come to our final message on "The Ships of Faith." We have looked at three words, all ending in "ship", that help explain what the Christian faith is all about, especially as we live it together as a church. We have looked at "discipleship"—followin ...

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