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Unity, Diversity, and Maturity in the Body of Christ – Eph 4:1-16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 30 October 2017 12:42

 

To encourage all saints to exercise and develop their gifts to the fullest for the Lord. All the saints shall have different duties, but not in rank. “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s 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.”

(First Goal of Lord’s Peace Chapel as stated in the Constitution)

 

This past Sunday, we came across one of the key verses upon which Lord’s Peace Chapel was founded. It is the idea that every member of the church is called to service and ministry. It is the Biblical concept that a church consists of the priesthood of all believers. This core principle stands against the ‘conspiracy’ (as Dr. Packer described) in which one side says ministry is for the ordained and the other party acquiesces, sit back, and insist that it should be done by those who are paid to do it. This distorted understanding of how a church functions feeds the modern day consumer mentality. Jimmy clearly expounded the three main tasks of the believers in Eph 4:1-16.

 

First, the repetitive usage of the word, ‘One’, seven times, emphasizes the importance of oneness and unity. The oneness of the body of Christ, the oneness of our faith is based on the oneness of God.

 

Second, Christ has given different gifts to equip his people for works of service in order that the body of Christ may be built up. Here in Eph 4, the gifts listed are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. In other passages like Rom 12, 1 Cor 12, Paul lists many others. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Pet 4:10).

 

Finally, the gifts are given to individuals so that the church may “grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (4:15).

 

Peace and grace, John

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