Grace For Your Day July 6

Grace For Your Day

The opening paragraphs of our Vision Statement say that:

Our Vision is to proclaim "grace upon grace" to Chilliwack, British Columbia and to the ends of the earth. John 1:16-17 says, "For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ."

At Grace Fellowship Chilliwack (GFC), we believe that salvation is all of grace and not of works. We believe it is something that God alone accomplishes in our lives, and nothing we contribute to ourselves. We believe it is unmerited favour, where Jesus earns the Father’s approval and, in His mercy, gives us the benefits of that through His shed blood on the cross and victorious resurrection from the tomb. Since we have received all of this, it is our vision as a church to proclaim grace upon grace in several ways:

We proclaim grace upon grace through the Bible . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through worship . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through evangelism . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through service . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through counselling . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through leadership . . .
We proclaim grace upon grace through equipping the saints . . .

In recent years, we have discussed every point of that statement but the last one. In the past, we have looked at all of this in detail except for the seventh point. We have yet to talk about proclaiming His grace through equipping the saints but the final part of our Vision Statement says:

Because we are called to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, it is our vision to see our people equipped for the work of ministry. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ." This is what it all boils down to: God wants us to be involved in His church. This is where it all leads: He wants us equipped to serve His people. We are saved by grace in order to work (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are forgiven and pardoned and given new life in Christ so that we might go out and minister to others in a lost and dying world.

This is a good reminder because we tend to forget this but God has saved us to be involved in the church. He has given us new life so we will be equipped for the ministry which is what the next passage in our series on Ephesians is about.

After several months in the Book of Ephesians, we now come to 4:12. We now come to these words: "for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ." While we will not make this an official Vision Sunday, it would be appropriate to take a week to tie this passage into our Vision Statement. We need to be reminded of what our goal is in the ministry. We want to be equipped to serve. Our goal is to build up the Body of Christ with our gifts. We are not here to just attend; we are here to be plugged in.

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to study this passage. May He bless you as you get ready to learn what it means to be plugged into the local church. See you soon!

- Jeremy Cagle

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