God the gift giver and gift limiter Ephesians 4
by Deacon Eunice Attwood
God the Activator – the gifts God gave
11 The gifts God gave……. were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
God given gifts. Body of Christ – ‘heartbeat is God’ You are a gift of God not God’s gift! God is the source of our giftedness God who is described by Paul as being in v6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Multi-dimensional, awesome God who brought the universe into being and cares about you and I – This is a God truly worthy of worship. Continue reading
Unity: so that the world may believe
Jesus prayed: May they be one so that the world may believe (John 17:23)
Ephesians 4: 1-7
Unity gave rise to Trinity: sufficient people in all three congregations said enough to ploughing lone denominational canoes and this congregation was born in 2000. Unity around the mission imperative, in our case the passion to transform our High Street community, gave rise to Trinity Project, and this dynamic seven day a week community was born.
Ephesians 4: 1-7
Our membership scripture for 2012 has not just been plucked out of the Bible to adorn our membership cards. It has been carefully and prayerfully discerned as God’s word to Trinity for the coming year ahead. It is spoken by Paul in jail or at least under household arrest in Rome to the Ephesian Christians. Do you recall how in Acts 21 he had such a tearful farewell with them after sharing in the work of Christ with them over at least two years. It’s a congregation he loved dearly and one that he, acting wisely, handed over the leadership mantle to John the Apostle.
1 John 2: 28-3: 24 (TM)
– Psalm 127: 1 unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain. I commented in September 2006 that perhaps Manners, the builders, need to know this! Since then the conviction has grown and grown and be borne out by testimony. Putting it straight it’s how churches are bult and grow: Psalm 133: 1 says where brothers and sisters dwell in unity there the Lord commands the blessing! Our goal back then was to establish a dynamic evangelical witness on Gosforth High Street, which wuld become dramtically public in March 2008. Relationship would be the how, unity the key and grace embodied in the Body of Jesus the way.
Psalm 85; John 1: 14; Hebrews 1: 1 – 4;
Christmas is a time of fullness. We’ve all had full diaries and I’m certainly looking forward to a few relaxing days. I’m sure we’ve all had full stockings this morning. We will have days full of sharing with friends and family. This afternoon, I’m hoping that I’ll be full of turkey and Christmas pudding…maybe a mince pie or two. I then intend to have a nice full sleep on the sofa before filling the evening with fun and games, maybe even some more turkey. Continue reading