“The Course Ahead: What We Seek First” (Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:24-29) Sunday, February 21, 2021
“The Course Ahead: What We Seek First”
(Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:24-29)
Our first reading is from Ephesians chapter 4 verses 11 to 16.
11The gifts Jesus gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
Our second reading is from Colossians chapter 1 verses 24 to 29.
24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 25I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.
Here end our readings. May God bless our hearing, understanding, and living of these words.
@Copyrighted: The Course Ahead: What We Seek First Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:24-29 February 21, 2021, Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Compass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)