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2/10/2008 ~ Someday I'll Be the Christian I Should Be


... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, ... ~ Ephesians 4:1-3

HOW?
   Lowliness and Gentleness
   With Longsuffering -
      Bearing with One Another in Love   
   Endeavoring to Keep the Unity of
      the Spirit in the Bond of Peace

We will be working together, committed to each other through Him.

... you were called in one hope of your calling; ... ~ Ephesians 4:4-6

WITH WHAT?
  One Body
  One Spirit
  One Hope of Your Calling
  One Lord
  One Faith
  One Baptism
  One God and Father of All   

Christians need to pool together with individual action.

"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
nor give place to the devil. ~ Ephesians 4:26-27


Let us remain angry at Satanís plan to divide us into destruction.

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you ...
~ 1st Timothy 4:14-16


                            Jesus descended before being exalted. <─┐
... each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
... ~ Ephesians 4:7-10


One Spirit decends upon all.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:4-13


┌─> Jesus Christ.               
And He Himself gave ... ~ Ephesians 4:11-13
└─> Gifts.

... having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, ... ~ Ephesians 2:20-22


Each one of us is being individually built Now.
~ Waiting to be a Christian is an excuse to ignore accountability to God.

God gives opportunities for all those that have lived and that are alive.
Choices of repentance and determination to know Him lay before us all.


◑ Jesus in the flesh has finished His work; given to us already. ◐
Are you built on Christ or constructions of man?


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  Christ and Apostles
                  
                 Prophets  

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:20


The prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, the foundation is already in place.

Evangelist = Heralder of the Word

... Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with longsuffering and teaching. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:1-5


Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, ...
~ 1st Timothy 4:16


Each of us is on a path of rising and falling, of spirit and flesh.

... some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
and some pastors and teachers, ... ~ Ephesians 4:11


... not by comulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; ...
~ 1st Peter 5:1-4


... not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not
greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, ... ~ Titus 1:5-9


... things that you have heard from me ... commit these to faithful men
who will be able to teach others also. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:2


... let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive
a stricter judgment. ... ~ James 3:1-2


Teaching = Gift

~ It is to Help others understand the word of God.

... for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ, ... ~ Ephesians 4:12


We all need to do the work of God today.
↙                                           
... till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, to a perfect man, ... ~ Ephesians 4:13

  
We will never be good enough but we reach to His word
to unite in action with Christ Now. This is completion.


But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, ... ~ 1st John 1:7-9


... My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart,
does not forgive his brother ... ~ Matthew 18:21-35

                      └─> God commands that we follow the example of Jesus.

Follow Christ = Obey = Commitment to Grow

Everything we need has already been given.
                Build on what is already here. <─┘


┌─> We must heed God's warning.                                                             
... carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men,
in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, ... ~ Ephesians 4:13-14


Do not follow man least deception lead you away.

... but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him
who is the head - Christ - ... ~ Ephesians 4:15


Become and stay mature.
                                          └─> Rooted in Christ.
We grow up in Christ in using what God has given us.
Are you building yourself?


... every part does its share, causes growth of the body
for the edifying of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16


Togetherness is what we are built for.
└─> Love each other.
                  └─> Look to the cross.
                                                     └─> Give Jesus the authority.


Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who
does not condemn himself in what he approves. ... ~ Romans 14:22-23


Repent of your ways if it is wrong and goes against Godís given word.

We are all part of one another.



 

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