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Synopsis of For Dreams of Kingdom to Develop
We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from “The High Priestly Prayer” that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Verse 20, 21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
In earlier messages we’ve discussed the basic stages of character development, which are….. co-dependence, independence and inter-dependence. Let us now look at this a little deeper applying it to what the Church today is to go through; by reading 2Corinthians 2:16 To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
He gave some of to be apostles, and some prophets, and some as evangelist, and some as pastors and teachers…. for the equipping of the saints for the work of service. We are to see that these five ministries are given to equip the members who are called to do actual ministry.
That is why, at the church I attend, I teach a one-hour “discipleship” class, not a “Sunday School” class. I am teaching them to go out and be disciples they are called to be…. to do the actual ministry.
Think about this: The primary job of an evangelist is not just to evangelize, but to impart a love for the lost to the whole body of believers, and help all believers to be able to lead others to the Lord
The main job of a prophet is not just to hear from the Lord, but also to help all believers to know the Lord’s voice and to be able to prophesy.
The major job of a teacher is not to just impart knowledge, but also to impart a love for the truth and the spiritual tools needed for all believers to be able to mind the truth of God’s Word.
The most important task of the pastor is not just to lead people, but also to equip all believers to be able to help others, including one another.
The apostle is foremost called to do all of these, in order to plant churches.
Scripture says, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”Notice that it does not say here until some attain, but, all attain. We cannot get to go where we are supposed to without each other.
When there were only two brothers on the earth they could not get along, but one killed the other. Today all unity is based on a need for one another. When that need is no longer there, division and fighting us inevitable.
Earlier we addressed why we must have unity in the church, and preserve unity, as outlined in Ephesians 4:11. We can become great at leadership and organization, but no amount of human organization or leadership will cause the church to grow up to the measure of verse 13 of Ephesians chapter 4…. “the measure of the stature that belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
According to John 3:6 only the Holy Spirit can bring forth that which is spirit; and only the Lord can build His church. When He builds His church He does it through the five-fold ministries we just described.
I know quite a few traveling ministries going to churches and having good meetings, or even series of meetings, where their gifts are demonstrated. We should question whether one is really an Ephesian Chapter 4 equipping ministry…… Are they leaving other ministers in the church when they leave.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:19, “But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days.” This was a warning He was giving as He was describing the last days, of which we are now in. Another was that I think I might paraphrase it is, “Woe to those pastors who keep their people in immaturity.”
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