Posts Tagged ‘The new model of leadership’

Ephesians 4:1-16 The Oil of Love

Love “lubricates” Christ’s body

Paul is encouraging his readers to be one in the Lord. It takes work but it is essential to the health of Christ’s body; the Church.

Paul is calling everyone to unity. We are to be one as He is one. “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (verses 4-6).

There is not a separate Spirit for those from different denominations. There isn’t a different God for different colors of people. There isn’t a unique hope for those of other nations. There is ONE God who called us ALL to Himself. He calls us to be one in spirit and purpose. Read more »

Matthew 23:1-12 Don’t be Like the Pharisees

Yes Please!

Yes Please!

Jesus is still in the temple in Jerusalem, but He has just dispatched His last group of testers. The Pharisees, the chief priests, the Sadducees, the Herodians, and even the Pharisees’ disciples have all had a go at Him. He bested them all in any argument they brought. No surprise there for those who know Him. All of them have completely withdrawn. Now Jesus addresses the crowd and His disciples.

Right after the Pharisees leave Jesus says, “Don’t be like them.” Jesus didn’t tell the people to ignore the Pharisees though. He told them that they were the experts in the law of God and to do as the Pharisees and scribes instructed, but do not follow their deeds. The Pharisees and scribes were indeed hypocrites. They were experts at telling the people what needed to be done to please God, but they didn’t follow their own directives. Read more »