A Worthy Calling

Jun 3 2018
Pastor Richard Welsh
*A worthy calling*

Ephesians 4:1 NLT
[1] Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
以弗所書‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭CUNP

Jesus has given you special gifts

Ephesians 4:7-8 NLT
[7] However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. [8] That is why the Scriptures say, "When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people."

以弗所書‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭CUNP
“我們各人蒙恩,都是照基督所量給各人的恩賜。 所以 經上 說: 他升上高天的時候,擄掠了仇敵, 將各樣的恩賜賞給人。
1 Peter 4:10-11a TPT
[10] Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God's grace. [11] For example, if you have a speaking gift, speak as though God were speaking his words through you. If you have the gift of serving, do it passionately with the strength God gives you, so that in everything God alone will be glorified through Jesus Christ.
彼得前書‬ ‭4:10-11‬ ‭CUNP
“各人要照所得的恩賜彼此服事,作神百般恩賜的好管家。 若有講道的,要按着神的聖言講;若有服事 人 的,要按着神所賜的力量服事,叫神在凡事上因耶穌基督得榮耀。 原來 榮耀、權能都是他的,直到永永遠遠。阿們!”
Grow and mature through service

Ephesians 4:11-13 AMP
[11] And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [12] [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God's people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; [13] until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].
‭‭彼得前書‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭CUNP
“若有講道的,要按着神的聖言講;若有服事 人 的,要按着神所賜的力量服事,叫神在凡事上因耶穌基督得榮耀。 原來 榮耀、權能都是他的,直到永永遠遠。阿們! 親愛的 弟兄 啊,有火煉的試驗臨到你們,不要以為奇怪(似乎是遭遇非常的事), 倒要歡喜;因為你們是與基督一同受苦,使你們在他榮耀顯現的時候,也可以歡喜快樂。”

“Jesus, how can I add the most value to your church?”

Ephesians 5:25-27 NLT
[25] For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her [26] to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God's word. [27] He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

以弗所書‬ ‭5:25-27‬ ‭CUNP
“你們作丈夫的,要愛你們的妻子,正如基督愛教會,為教會捨己。 要用水藉着道把教會洗淨,成為聖潔, 可以獻給自己,作個榮耀的教會,毫無玷污、皺紋等類的病,乃是聖潔沒有瑕疵的。”