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Together for the Gospel

Together for the Gospel

What our calling is
Being unified as the church
Ephesians 4:1 ESV
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Paul urges us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling
What is our calling?
John 15:18–19 ESV
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Jesus is telling us that we don’t belong here
the passions and desires of this world are contrary to the kingdom of God
Mark of a Christian; do you look like the world or do you stand apart from it?
This is our calling to be in the world but not of it
What does this have to do with us being together for the Gospel?
Need to understand what our calling is in order to walk along side and do ministry with others
Ephesians 4:4-
Discord and division become no Christian. For wolves to worry the lambs, is no wonder; but for one lamb to worry another, this is unnatural and monstrous. THOMAS BROOKS
Ephesians 4:4–6 ESV
4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Paul is bringing into unity the church of God
to understand what they are proclaiming
to remove confusion
to realign the focus not on petty differences but the main goal of the Cross of Jesus Christ!
How is this accomplished?
He gives us teachers
He gives us teachers
serve two roles
To equip for the work of ministry
To help protect from the false doctrine
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Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11 ESV
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
We are all students for the rest of our lives
We need guidance from someone else to understand, to make wise decisions, and to lead to fullest life possible
True in every aspect of life
We learn and we pass on
My job
to teach you and prepare you for adulthood through the lenses of Christ
to train you up to be active members of God’s church
to give you the tools and equip you in the best way possible to flourish in Christ
Counseling former students, now seeing them in roles to counsel others and direct them back to Christ
THOMAS BROOKS
Second Task - protect from false doctrine
Ephesians 4:14–15 ESV
14 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. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ephesians 4:14-15
We each face difficult topics in this life
no matter what the subject we can find God’s plan and design for human flourishing
Finances?
Marital relationship?
Dating relationship?
Family and Friend relationships?
Work?
School?
Drugs and Alcohol?
Etc.
Ephesians 4:14 ESV
14 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.
Pastors role is to give guidance to a life led by Christ
at this age you are at one of your most impressionable stages of life
No one is following their “own thing”
We fall into a group - we try to identify with people of similar interest and
we are tossed to and fro by waves of philosophy, our friends, media, etc.
John 16:33 ESV
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus promises us that those who follow Him will have difficulties
Our hope lies in Him as He has overcome the world
This doesn’t mean we understand everything
We trust God because He is infinite we are finite
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In order for the church or any part of human existence to flourish we need teachers
for instruction
for correction
for encouragement
Each one of us are teachers and students all the time
someone looks up to you as you look up to someone else
Age does not hinder you
Jeremiah 1:4–8 ESV
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 1:4 ESV
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Jeremiah 1:2–6 ESV
2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month. 4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
Jeremiah 1:1 ESV
1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
Your ability does not hinder you
Exodus 4:10–12 ESV
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
What hinders us is us
seeing that a pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.
Will you begin to unload your burdens on your brothers and sisters in Christ?
What would begin to happen if we as church, as a youth group, were unified in our love and care for one another? How changed could our schools become and the towns we live in? What would happen if we quit being slaves to fear?
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
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