So You Want a Vibrant Growing Church?

badge-eph.jpgWell, in a fallen world these things will happen: yesterdays message (titled above) by our beloved Pastor Harris failed to record.  I am not presently able to make Wednesday-evening meetings due to my work schedule, so one of my minions does the recording for me. We are not sure at present what happened, but figure that the proper connections were not in place. This is highly probable as several other ministries use the same sound system in fellowship hall where we have Wednesday services. Maybe I can persuade Pastor Rod to make the message the topic of next week’s pastoral letter. In the mean time, here is the passage that Pastor preached on:

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:7-16, ESV

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