Words from the Heart for Sunday July 5th, 2020
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…
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV)
The Gift of People
North American indigenous peoples have cultures spanning thousands of years. Some of their oral traditions accurately describe historical events, such as the Cascadia earthquake of 1700 and the 18th-century Tseax Cone eruption. Written records began with the arrival of European explorers and colonists, beginning in the late 15th century. European accounts by trappers, traders, explorers, and missionaries give important evidence of early contact culture. There are 634 recognized First Nations governments or bands spread across Canada, half of which are in Ontario and British Colombia.
Following Peter’s proclamation of faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, the Lord said that upon the Rock of that statement, He would build His Church. The growth of the global Church should not surprise anyone. Jesus is building His church, knocking open the door of Hell to deliver those who have been locked behind it in their sin, shame and guilt. Jesus has a great plan to build His church and it includes the gifts of people to the church. In Ephesians 4:11-12 Paul tells us what those people are: “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…” Jesus knows exactly what His body needs to flourish. So He supplies those who are particularly gifted in planting local churches – apostles, and those who proclaim the high standard of God for His people – prophets. He also gifts the Church those who are passionate to share the Gospel – evangelists, and those who shepherd the flock – pastors. Finally, He gives the church teachers, so all His people walk in truth.
These have been words from the heart.