Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mystery of our Service

In Ephesians 3:1-13 Paul explains the mystery of the Gospel. He explains it as the Gentiles being included in salvations plan. For theses of us who are gentile this is wonderful news. As Paul explains this mystery, he explains his service to the church in the working of this mystery. As we look at Paul's part we can see the same working going on in each of our lives at we endeavor to serve God.

As with most mysteries we can solve the mystery by answering three simple questions. What? How? and Why?

Minister verse 7
  • Sometimes we only think of Pastors as ministers. There is nothing farther from the truth. Here the greek means intermediary in a transaction, agent or courier.
  • Pastors vs Preachers I am not sure where the thought that preacher (proclaimer of the gospel) was only evangelist. Everyone who knows Christ as savior is responsible for proclaiming the gospel.
  • We are each responsible for ministering in the work God has called us. 
Bring to light verse 9
  • Whatever service God has called you to it will bring something to the light.
  • Christ is light  darkness flees light
  • God does not call us to hide things
  • The truth will set you free.

Gift of Gods grace verse 7

  • Grace - being in Gods favor
  • Undeserved
By the working of his power Verse 7
  • No flesh will glory
  • least of the saints
The church will be advanced verse 10
  • God is not looking for superstars
  • He wants a place where sinners can come and here the gospel
  • Paul was about editing the church
Wisdom of God verse 11
  • Wisdom of man (sin)
  • Wisdom of God (hope)
Purpose in Christ verse 11
  • That we would know the truth

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