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Prophetic Gift, Edifying Ministry

Ephesians 4:16 reminds us that God is working in the church to grow it, not numerically, but spiritually as the body "being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies . . . causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." It is easy for us to forget the goal of spiritual growth and to get focused on building ourselves up instead of building up the body. Working for the building up of the body of Christ happens as we love each other and seek to make Christ's name known instead of making a name for ourselves. This is why we gather every week, and I pray that God will cause Liberty Baptist to grow as we build each other up in love. Read More

Mature Church, Diminishing Gifts

I have been reminded this week of the sufficiency of the Word for God to make us what we ought to be. When we neglect God's Word, we flounder in our spiritual walk as we wander aimlessly like a traveler without a map. But when we direct our hearts to God's Word and determine to hear it and obey it, we are endowed with wisdom from God himself that will never be irrelevant. Our world and even some so called Christians think that the importance and relevance of the Word of God is diminishing, but God's Word will never fail. It is a foundation on which we can always stand secure. Read More

Gifted Church, Loving Service

One of the most important but often most neglected commands in the New Testament is the command to love one another. 1 John 4 has language so strong that John believes you cannot be a child of God if you do not love your brother in Christ. But the world has so distorted the meaning of love that it is often hard for us to think right about the concept or to put it into practice consistently. Our biggest problem is that we love ourselves too much, and we want everyone else to love us too, but Paul defines love for us in 1 Corinthians 13, and it isn't about us getting what we want. Love is about giving of ourselves for the good of others, and when we can live this principle (particularly in the church) we will model for the world the difference that Jesus Christ makes in a life. "May the Lord cause us to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people" (1 Thess 3:12). Read More