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Exodus 28:1-5, Ephesians 4:1-16

Ephesians 4:11-13: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 

In God’s eyes every believer is a priest.

Exodus 19:5-6: Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

But throughout history God/the Church has appointed people with particular (not superior) gifts to lead his people. Priests/pastors are called to:

· Equip his people for works of service - Ephesians 4:12

· Bring unity in the faith - Ephesians 4:3-6

· Lead people to maturity in Christ - Ephesians 4:14-16

 

How are you/we serving others?

Is there a spirit of unity among us?

Are we becoming more like Jesus?

 

Ephesians 4:16: From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 

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Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:1-4,

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 'These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.'

Being a good Dad is not easy. There is very little training, high stakes, and impressionable children watching our every move. We need God’s help! These scriptures tell us to:

· Love our children - Deuteronomy 6:5, John 3:16
· Discipline our children - Deuteronomy 6:6-9
· Instruct our children - Ephesians 6:4

God designed the family, with a specific and special role for fathers. He is the one who will help Dads become more Godly fathers.

Malachi 4:6; "He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

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Exodus 33:7-14; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Exodus 33:10-11(NIV):'Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not...

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Exodus 19:1-25, Ephesians 5:25-33

Exodus 19:5-6(NIV): Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

 

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The concept of sowing and reaping is a fixed, locked in principle of God’s kingdom.

It applies to;

1. Our character - Job 4:8, Hosea 10:12, Prov 11:18, 22:8

  • Sow a thought; reap an act
  • Sow an act; reap a habit
  • Sow a habit; reap a character
  • Sow a character; reap a destiny

2. Our ministry - Mark 4:26, Luke 8:5

  • As Christians we have died to...