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Msg #1708 What Every Christian Should Be

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Ephesians is the first of the Apostle Paul’s prison Epistles, written after two years of his silent reckoning. The Holy Spirit of God aptly inserts a depth in his communication. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone…. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (2:19-20, 3:10). In this boldness every christian should be under a pastor, a shepherd and teacher, for the perfecting of the saints, that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (4:8-16). Hebrews 13:7 and 17 (mark them in your Bible) stating that your pastor should have “the rule over you.” Every christian should also be active in the body of Christ (Eph 4:4-7). Not a denomination, with their catholic church, but an independent, autonomous, Bible believing, solid, local, Baptist one. Every christian should be effectually working their vocation, i.e. calling (4:1,4, Php3:14, 1Cor 1:26, 7:20). Don’t be deceived by Presbyterians and Calvinists, your calling and election are not to salvation but to service. Effectiveness comes from dedication to the work, dedication to prayer, humility of heart but authority in purpose. And every christian needs to be exercised in the Word. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night… Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly… but his delight is in the law of the LORD” (Josh1:8, Ps1). This I say, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk.

An Essay for week #8 Feb 19, 2017

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