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Serving In Your Giftedness

Hey everyone,
            Recently I have been learning some verses in Ephesians and I wanted to share them with you.  They are from Ephesians 4.
            He who descended is the very One who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
            What a powerful description of Jesus!  He had descended to live among us, and then He ascended higher than everything else and now fills the whole universe.  It is extraordinary. 
            When He was here to live with us, He began to establish a new kingdom, one where Jews and Gentiles would live together in perfect unity and would all follow their Master, Jesus.  When He ascended, He left a strong plan for us to follow in order that the kingdom, the church, which He began could continue to grow.  The verses in Ephesians 4 go on to say this:
            So, Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.
           It reminds me again that the most brilliant One of us all, chose to equip each one of us for works of service.  Every one of us matters.  Every one of us is needed and important and valuable to the whole.
           Many of you are serving in your giftedness and that’s what makes the body of Christ in our local expression so wonderful. 
           If you are not serving, I would encourage you to do so for a couple of reasons.  First, so that the body of Christ may be built up and strong.  And second, so that you can find your purpose and calling in this life, that is, to be filled, gifted and employed by Jesus! 
           May God use each one of us for His glory!
          This weekend we will have a guest speaker at ACC.  His name is Jerin Thomas.  Here is a brief bio from the Western Canadian District website:
          As the new Global Mission Catalyst, Jerin Thomas has a passion to see the church equipped and mobilized for global mission. He is sensitive to God’s call on his life towards multiplying leaders, developing ideas, and empowering mission. 
            Jerin will be focusing on the fourth segment of our mission statement, “Constantly pointing people to Jesus.”  I am looking forward to having him with us.
            Thanks for your patience and endurance during these difficult pandemic days.  Let’s keep on being kind and patient and selfless, and, in so doing, represent Jesus as He deserves to be represented.
            Proud of you guys and I love being your pastor.
Pastor Tim