Focus: Eph 4:1-16
The Kingdom mindset is summarized in Ephesians 4. One Lord. One faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. The 5-fold ministry of the church is presented as the manner in which God perfects His community the Church. The King Jesus came down from heaven to do the work that only He could do. He returned to heaven to be in charge of Everything! God has called us to live in community, to bear one another's burdens, and to love one another. As we are perfected, we get wiser and can distinguish Truth from lies told so eloquently that they appear true. The Deceiver is among us and seeks to confuse God's people so that they hurt themselves. The life that we live with the indwelling of the Spirit of God draws us closer and closer to God so that our unity with Christ is assured. So let us run this race as it has been prepared - with boldness and certainty, with hope and love for all. Christ died for all to gain the prize so let us live so all may be drawn to Christ- the Author and Finisher of our Faith! In Jesus' name. Amen.