Using texts of Eph. 4:11-12 and Acts 26:13-16 Pastor Dale preaches about the promises of the Bible that are for the body of Christ corporately. Each church body has its own personality traits; they are not right or wrong necessarily, but just different. What has God called us (CWI) to be and do? Transform Equip And Mobilize. We are after transformation, not reformation. What’s the difference? Transformation changes the nature of a person through God’s power and compassion. Pastor Dale shares various examples he has seen of peoples’ lives being transformed. God can change people. Paul’s encounter with God transformed his life. Transformation is happening in our times of worship, in our children’s ministry, etc. What is a change of the nature in a person? It’s a heart of stone becoming a heart of flesh beating with God’s compassion. If we stop seeing transformation in peoples’ lives, we will lose compassion, and we need to question what we are doing. Believe in God’s power of transformation. Also in this service: A video was shown about Global Media Outreach and Dwight Miller and Miriam Remington explained how GMO works. Pastor Dale gave the offering message: Isaac and Jesus both had to cooperate with the sacrifices made by Abraham and God, respectively. Phil. 4:19 reminds us that God is “MY” God who will supply all your needs.
Offering: Pat Murphy ministered the offering message from Mal. 3:15-18. When you give, give with faith and worship, and bring your offerings with an expression of love to God. Dale Armstrong: Text: Eph. 1:16-20. Pray to find your calling. There are three core elements. We are to Transform, Equip And Mobilize. God transforms our lives and our thinking to be more like Jesus. Jesus crossed the sea in a storm to reach one demon-possessed man. Satan will try to stop whatever you try to do. Transformation goes into responsibility. Mobilization sends people out. Your calling gives you hope (Eph. 1:18). There is no destiny or purpose in evolution. There are no accidents. God has a plan for your life. Ask God why you are here and hold onto the hope of your calling. Hope is a sure cure for depression. #1 God has put desires in you. Ps. 37:4. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. There are two kinds of desires: the intrinsic desires of what’s inside of you, and there is the desire you pick up from the flesh, devil, and the world. You are responsible to not let go of the desires of God’s plan. Don’t mix the desires He gives with those of the world and flesh. For example, you may have a desire to be a doctor, or you may have a desire to be rich. #2 He gives you relationships. Make disciples and don’t use people. Serve the body and commit to it and don’t divorce your pastor. Value relationships and note divine appointments. Pastor Dale shares several experiences of divine appointments. Ask God for wisdom for the day and for His plan and calling for you.
Eph. 4:11, 12. Ministry is work. It is equipping and perfecting the saints. A personal relationship with God requires relationship with others. God will build a perfect church. Don’t focus so much on your part that you lose the plan for the whole Body. John 3:16 tells us that God loves the world, and you should love what He loves. Eph. 5:24-27 explains that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Jesus loves the church. Family is the first description of the church. John 10:10 strongly lets us know that Jesus Christ came to give us life abundantly. The abundant life is in the context of a good shepherd. The abundant life is in an abundant body of believers. People need to know that you care. You have something to give in the Body. The acronym for this body is T(ransform), E(quip), A(nd), M(obilize). The church should be the best equipping service in all arenas. You need all the ministry gifts. Mobilize; do something; get busy. Your ministry is where you are. Begin with prayer and your sphere of influence. Do what love would do. Read and personalize I Cor. 13:4-8. Offering Message: (Pat Murphy) I Chron. 16:25-33. Praise is part of bringing an offering. David worshiped and was a big giver. He provided for the needs of the temple to be built, from worshipers to gold. When the Ark of the Covenant was being moved the right way, an offering was made after every six steps. For a four mile distance, that would have been 6500 oxen and 6500 sheep. Real worshipers give liberally and give as an expression of love. Are you giving what God tells you to give?