I should start off with a post about the latest service since it’s the one that prompted me to get going with this blog. Admittedly, I’d toyed with the idea earlier. I’ve been a blogger on other matters, so it was hardly a stretch for me to do so in regards to my own renewed relationship with Christ. The only questions really outstanding for me were whether this would be the best way to grow in my own walk with the Lord. After hearing Lisa Comes’ sermon on our gifts and finding our place in the Body of Christ, however, I couldn’t hold back any longer. The sermon spoke rather authoritatively on our need to find our place in the Body of Christ and for whatever faults I may have as a writer, polemicist, persuader, or whatever … I think there’s some application of whatever gift I may have that needs to move through this vehicle.
Mind you, I don’t necessarily fancy myself some gifted writer or that I possess the ability to do great and wonderful things with my writing. But this works for me. I’m a bit better at organizing my thoughts in writing and I do tend to write with a bit of introspection, so I do believe those aspects will come in handy. Whether this meager little blog helps only me in my own walk or others with their own remains to be seen. For now, I’m content to let it help me with mine. We’ll see what the future holds for us down the road.
So anyways, on to Lisa’s sermon. Regretably, this post comes at the tail end of a series of sermons on “What Every Believer Should Know.” Fortunately, the Wednesday sermons have the notes available online (the 9/14 notes are located here). Lisa, as well as brother Paul Osteen, have been covering points involving what happens when we accept Christ. The previous 8 points covered were:
1. We got saved.
2. We were born again in our spirits.
3. We were forgiven and our past was completely erased.
4. We received eternal life.
5. We became children of God.
6. We became temples of the Holy Spirit.
7. We were given the privilege to bear the Name of Jesus.
8. We were given the privilege of using the Name of Jesus.
Tonight’s sermon picks up on … you guessed it … #9:
Your Place Of Ministry In The Body Of Christ:
9. When we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, we became a part of the Body of Christ.
I Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:3-16
The section of the sermon that springs from Ephesians 4:3-16 hits most directly on the message I took from it, so here’s the excerpt in full: