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Fulfilling My Purpose (3 of 4)
Series: Growing An Effective Church
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.THE PRINCIPLE OF OWNERSHIP
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF ALLOCATION
III. THE PRINCIPLE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF MOTIVATION
V. THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPENSATION
This is the third in a series of messages on "Growing An Effective Church". That's what we are here to do is to build an effective New Testament church and in the last two Sundays we looked at being committed to membership.
If you want to build an effective church you've got to make a commitment, you've got to be a member to be like Christ to grow in your faith, to be able to minister in the body.
And then you've got to be committed not only to membership but to ministry. That is using your spiritual gifts for the Lord and today we're talking about being committed to maturity, fulfilling your purpose, taking those gifts and using them for the Lord.
In Ephesians 2:10 on your outline, Paul says, "FOR WE ARE GOD'S WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE PREPARED IN.ADVANCE FOR US TO DO."
God before you were born prepared a special ministry for you. When you were born God gifted you with some talents and abilities and then when you were born again He gave you in addition to natural talents and abilities some supernatural talents and abilities to be used to minister in the body of Christ.
In Verse 10 of Ephesians 2 he talks about good works. The word for good works is service or ministry. That's what the Bible is talking about is serving God by serving others. Using your gifts to build up the body of Christ and to minister to others in the body of Christ and to reach the world.
God has a ministry for every believer. Now in Matthew 25 we're going to begin reading in Verse 14 and Jesus gives six principles of fulfilling your purpose, fulfilling the ministry that God has for you.
You only mature in the Christian faith as you serve. Service is ...
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