Divine appointments. I see them every day. As a pastor, I see opportunities for ministry each and every day. I haven’t always seen them. I will never forget church members (a mother and her daughters) watching me drive passed them as they were broken down on the side of the road (I missed that one). Since then I have asked God to help me keep my “ministry radar” alert. There are many things that I can mess up and things will be just fine, but listening to the voice of God is not one of them. I don’t want to miss God’s voice. Souls are in the balance. When I sense the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit, it’s important to listen to His guidance. I am thankful for the many “divine appointments” that I have encountered just this year. I wish I could share them with everyone, but I want to respect the privacy of others. These appointments strengthen my faith incredibly. Instead, I simply pray that you too can see the activity of God around you.
A terrible spiritual disease has crept into the church body. It is what I call “Muscular Dystrophy of the Church Body.” If you are familiar with the disease Muscular Dystrophy, it is a disease in which the body has all of the proper equipment (brain cells, neurons, dendrites, muscles), but they are not functioning in unity with one another. In fact, the brain operates perfectly fine. It sends signals/messages out to the rest of the body. The problem is found between the nerves and the muscles. The nerve conveys the message sent from the brain, but the muscle is unresponsive. Clearly, Christ is the head of the church and no fault can be found in His message to the church. Unfortunately, some within the church have developed a spiritual Muscular Dystrophy and have become unresponsive to His call to serve.
Ephesians 4 offers a snapshot of the treatment to cure or prevent this spiritual disease.
I. The “Who” of equipping and church ministry. (Eph. 4:7-12)
Christ has gifted the church with leaders who are to equip the saints for works of ministry that will bring glory to God and build His church.
When the church has been properly equipped for ministry we will be unified in our focus on Christ, we will become more like Jesus, and our beliefs will have stability on the word of God.
Truth spoken in the context of loving relationships is Christ-honoring.
The more equipped we are as a church the more we will look like Jesus and the more effective we will be in ministry.
Dr. Chris Dortch has been in ministry since 1993. His blog is aimed to "equip the saints for the work of ministry."