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December 23rd, 2015

The Purpose of the Church

“…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 3:10 (ESV)

As the Church of Jesus Christ, we are called to proclaim the manifold wisdom of God to both creatures on the earth and rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. We are called to unveil God’s redemptive plan, forged in eternity past, by which He seeks to unite all things to Him in Christ Jesus, Whose propitiatory work now makes intimacy between God and creation possible. We are revealing the hope of everything!

What an incredible calling we have, and yet so often we lose focus. We make the church experience about us, focusing on how a given church meets our needs or perhaps how it doesn’t. We jump from church to church, seeking the most entertainment value or the best childcare. Now, all of these secondary issues are not completely unimportant, but they are just that. They are secondary. In the consumer-driven world in which we live, we must take extra precautions to not fall victim to that mentality in the Church, remembering that our calling to the body of Christ is much larger than a social event. No, it is the hope of the world!

Today, remember the calling of the Church to make known the manifold wisdom of God, and further remember the boldness and confidence that is yours in Christ Jesus to accomplish this calling. Is there someone you know this Christmas who needs this hope? Speak boldly and tell of His glorious worth.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Church, Ephesians, Proclamation.
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November 10th, 2015

We Must Lift Jesus High

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (ESV)

The way to draw people into the Kingdom of God is simple: we lift Jesus high and He will draw all people to Himself. How simple the plan of God truly is! Our responsibility as disciples is not to force people into a relationship with Jesus nor to convince them of gospel truth. We simply proclaim. We proclaim His unmerited death and our unmerited favor as a result of this work of grace. We proclaim His victory over sin in the resurrection and our impending victory as a result. We proclaim the abundant life He lived and has given us as a people transformed by His Spirit. We tell the gospel, the good news of Jesus, and as we proclaimed Christ crucified and resurrected, people will come to Him.

Are you proclaiming the gospel of Jesus, the full good news? Or are you proclaiming only part? For many of us, we offer good biblical advice based on principles from the bible, but we never get to the point of challenging people in their sin and depravity and revealing their need for repentance. Christianity is more than good advice. In fact, the advice we give is inherently tied to the gospel. Marriages and relationships only work when we recognize the sacrifice of Jesus and how He has loved and forgiven us. Only then will we work to show that kind of love and forgiveness to others. Advice, then, that is not rooted in the gospel is man-centered and lacks transformative power.

Dear friend, do not lose the message of Christ. Do not forfeit the gospel for an easier, man-centered philosophy. Proclaim this good news and watch as Jesus draws all people unto Himself and brings about restoration as a result.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Jesus, John, Proclamation.
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December 23rd, 2012

The Purpose of the Church

“…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 3:10 (ESV)

As the Church of Jesus Christ, we are called to proclaim the manifold wisdom of God to both creatures on the earth and rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. We are called to unveil God’s redemptive plan, forged in eternity pasty, by which He seeks to unite all things to Him in Christ Jesus, Whose propitiatory work now makes intimacy between God and creation possible. We are revealing the hope of everything!

What an incredible calling we have, and yet so often we lose focus. We make the church experience about us, focusing on how a given church meets our needs or perhaps how it doesn’t. We jump from church to church, seeking the most entertainment value or the best childcare. Now, all of these secondary issues are not completely unimportant, but they are just that. They are secondary. In the consumer-driven world in which we live, we must take extra precautions to not fall victim to that mentality in the Church, remembering that our calling to the body of Christ is much larger than a social event. No, it is the hope of the world!

Today, remember the calling of the Church to make known the manifold wisdom of God, and further remember the boldness and confidence that is yours in Christ Jesus to accomplish this calling. Is there someone you know this Christmas who needs this hope? Speak boldly and tell of His glorious worth.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 350:  Ephesians)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Church, Ephesians, Proclamation.
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November 10th, 2012

We Must Lift Jesus High!

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (ESV)

The way to draw people into the Kingdom of God is simple: we lift Jesus high and He will draw all people to Himself. How simple the plan of God truly is! Our responsibility as disciples is not to force people into a relationship with Jesus nor to convince them of gospel truth. We simply proclaim. We proclaim His unmerited death and our unmerited favor as a result of this work of grace. We proclaim His victory over sin in the resurrection and our impending victory as a result. We proclaim the abundant life He lived and has given us as a people transformed by His Spirit. We tell the gospel, the good news of Jesus, and as we proclaimed Christ crucified and resurrected, people will come to Him.

Are you proclaiming the gospel of Jesus, the full good news? Or are you proclaiming only part? For many of us, we offer good biblical advice based on principles from the bible, but we never get to the point of challenging people in their sin and depravity and revealing their need for repentance. Christianity is more than good advice. In fact, the advice we give is inherently tied to the gospel. Marriages and relationships only work when we recognize the sacrifice of Jesus and how He has loved and forgiven us. Only then will we work to show that kind of love and forgiveness to others. Advice, then, that is not rooted in the gospel is man-centered and lacks transformative power.

Dear friend, do not lose the message of Christ. Do not forfeit the gospel for an easier, man-centered philosophy. Proclaim this good news and watch as Jesus draws all people unto Himself and brings about restoration as a result.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 307:  Mark 11; John 12)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Jesus, John, Proclamation.
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January 9th, 2009

Proclamation

“Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’” Luke 2:27-32 (NIV)

Have you seen the Lord’s salvation? Have you had a personal encounter with Christ that radically transformed your life? Simeon had positioned his life to encounter Christ. Once he encountered the Messiah, Simeon proclaimed that Jesus was a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to His people Israel. This proclamation was made in front of Joseph and Mary who were simply obeying the requirements of the custom of the Law.

Once Jesus comes into your life and transforms you, it is negligent to be silent. You have been graciously given the cure to the cancer of sin through the shed blood of Christ. Proclaim that reality! You have been rescued from the flames of hell and positioned in Christ for eternity. Proclaim that reality! You were sinking deep in sin, but Christ paid the penalty for your sin and purchased your salvation. Proclaim that reality!

What if you became contagious in your Christianity? What would happen if you seized the next opportunity God gives you to share your salvation story? Share the wonderful life-changing message of Jesus and help populate the Kingdom of Heaven. Souls are worth saving!

One way to get a pulse on someone’s spiritual destiny is to simply transition your conversation to life after death. Be willing to ask people where they plan to spend eternity. Ask them to share their spiritual story with you. If they have one, they will be quick to share it with you. If they don’t have a spiritual story, then you can help them establish one by sharing with them how they can know Jesus personally.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Boldness, Commitment, Proclamation, Soul Consciousness, Soulwinning, Spiritual Story.
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