Discipleship Training Tool: Day 17 Transcript
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Here’s the transcript from day 17 of the NewStart Discipleship Program:
New Start Discipleship Day 17
Hey, welcome New start discipleship. We are here in Ephesians 4 today and I love, love, love the Book of Ephesians. It's absolutely fabulous. I can't wait till you get a chance to go back and read the whole thing. But since we're on this journey to hit kind of the highlights of Scripture, Ephesians 4 is a marvelous, marvelous book Paul wrote, it was marvelous passage. Paul wrote the book of Ephesians, to the church at Ephesus that he had started, he had planted, that he wrote back to them to help them understand how they fit in the plan of God.
In Ephesian 1, Paul gets the main point of the book, and that, Ephesians 1, he says, God is bringing everything in heaven and on earth together in Christ, here's the idea. Things are broken, things are separated, the higher world, the spirit world is broken and separated, you have angels and demons, and the kingdoms are at war. The world is broken in terms of families, you have husbands and wives separated from one another, parents and children separated from one another, you have races separated from one another. So, you have a different color, or Jew and Gentile, he says in one place in this book, but we could put into that black and white or brown and white, or brown and black or whatever else, you know that the ethnic groups, a lot of times are separate and suspicious of one another.
And Paul says, Jesus, God is bringing everything together, he's picking up all the broken pieces, he's putting the back together in Christ. And in Ephesians 4, the passage you're going to read today, he's going to talk about how that looks in the church, or how that looks in the church. And here's what he says; He says,
“I want you to be patient with one another and bear with one another in love and make every effort”
Verse 3; 4:3,
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit, through the bond of peace.”
Okay, we are at peace with God, and we're at peace with one another. And we've been given the same spirit, the same salvation and that brings us together, what's he saying? He's saying that Jesus is picking up broken hearts, broken people, and putting the pieces of our lives back together. And in his church, he's putting everything together.
Now, this is really important, because I think I have to stop here and tell you that the goal of the church is to lead the way for the rest of the world to show them the path to unity, right? Our families should last because Jesus is bringing them together, our marriages should last and be unified, because Jesus is gluing them back together. The church should be a place of racial unity, like black and white and brown should get together and rejoice in one another in the church and that hasn't always been true, it really hasn't.
Martin Luther King Jr. was right, when he said 10 o'clock on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in America. Wow. That's a hard word. It's a really hard word. And I would just tell you, that as Christians, as a new Christian, I would like you from the earliest moments of your Christian life, to commit yourself to putting back together what the world and sin has separated, putting back together in Christ, everything that Satan and sin has broken apart and that God wants to put back together, right?
So, if you get crossways, with a Christian, put that back together, you have the same Lord, right? Forgive that person. Let me tell you, this is very important. The solution to almost every interpersonal problem that is between you and another person, right, the solution to almost every interpersonal problem is; humble yourself, all right? The solution to almost every interpersonal problem is to humble yourself and appreciate what is good in the other person, all right?
So, let me just challenge you to look at that and say, I'm going to humble myself, rather than wishing that they would humble themselves. I'm going to humble myself, I'm going to apologize for my part of it, even if they never get it right. I'm going to appreciate what I see of Jesus in them, even if it's really imperfect. Does that make sense?
You see, God's trying to put this all back together again, so that he's given us leaders and directors because he wants the body to be built up so we're not children anymore. We grow up and mature and we are to put off the old life and put on the new life and so you're going to read all this stuff today. There's an old thing to put off in a new thing to put on. Let's get started. Ephesians 4. Let's look into it. See you tomorrow.
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Darrell Stetler II serves as a pastor at the Bible Methodist Church in Southwest Oklahoma City. He says, “I create discipleship tools for small church pastors, to make them feel as though they have a discipleship pastor on staff!” He can be tempted by Krispy Kreme donuts and a cold glass of milk. :)