October 23, 2022

 

This Sunday we’ll continue to think about how we live out our “templeness” as God’s people as we learn Christ together as disciples. The second most common term used to describe Christians in the book of Acts after brothers and sisters is disciples. Learners.

The Gospel of Luke has been giving us a good picture of what this looks like. Jesus’ ministry was a gathering ministry. He called disciples to follow him and they learned from him together, not in isolation. The early church continued this pattern, gathering regularly to devote themselves to the apostles teaching. This is because worship and knowledge go hand in hand. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well:

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23–24)

We cannot grow as worshipers without growing in our knowledge of Christ. We present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, by being transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). It’s no wonder Paul prayed for all the churches like he describes in Ephesians 1.

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ… may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:17–20)

And again in Ephesians 3 (don’t miss that it’s a group effort!).

“…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16–19)

Randy Gruendyke will be preaching from Romans 12:1-2 and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? If the end goal of our identity as God’s family is unity, the end goal of our identity as disciples of Jesus is maturity. So Colossians 1:28-29 is a great prompt for us to pray for one another as we prepare to gather as Christ’s school this Sunday morning.

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:28–29)

See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come hungry!