Sunday, November 2, 2008

Blessed By The Marvelous Work (of God)

Today's Sunday School lesson hit home for me. There were so many points and ideas in the text that made something kick up in my spirit. Because I am so full, I am compelled to share. The lesson is entitled "Using Your Gifts" and it is taken from Ephesians 4:1-16. (Just in case you don't have a bible nearby or simply don't have one at all, I'll provide the text.)

Eph. 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekiness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ya are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of teh stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


jwriter said...

That was our Sunday school lesson as well. Using our gifts. I was in class, but ended up having to teach the 4-7th grade Sunday school class that lesson. It was a really good lesson when I was a student, but being the teacher on short notice was hard, but it worked out lol.

Nicole said...

Yeah, I know what you mean. Doing just about anything on short notice is a bit difficult. Try being the church musician after not playing in a few years! lol It's a blessing to have and be able to use the gift though!