Our Stewardship of Edification

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Sunday 05/20/18 

Series: Kingdom Work

Message – Our Stewardship of Edification 

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Stewardship of Edification

You may remember that two weeks ago, I taught on edification. At that time I told you there were 4 things we needed to learn, three of which I covered then…they were,

  1. What is edification?
  2. How important it is (Meaning, how much should it influence our thoughts and actions)
  3. In what ways it is accomplished?

Today we are learning about the 4th reason, which is…

4. Edification is one of the stewardships we all hold in common and is the basis’ upon which many of our actions will be judged when we appear before God. Both how we edify others and How we allow ourselves to be edified (built-up-matured).

We will address both, but begin with:

Our Stewardship of Edifying our Fellow Christian…

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Verse 11 goes on to say [AMP], “Therefore, being conscious of fearing the Lord with respect and reverence, we seek to win people over [to persuade them]…etc.”

To me this verse indicates that this is not just the case with Paul and other “ministers” but of all believers. He was seeking to persuade EVERYONE of this reality and the seriousness of it – so that it might affect how they lived their lives.

Now, with that under our belt… our first of two primary text today is taken from  1Cor. the 3rd chapter, so please go ahead and turn there now…1 Cor. 3.

As we approach these verses I want you to keep in mind these points which I will draw out as we read…

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1Cor. 3:1-15, [ESV]

“(1) But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. (2) I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, (3) for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? (4) For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?”

Wuest translates this as, “For, in so far as there are among you jealousy and strife, are you not those dominated by the evil nature, and are you not ordering your manner of life as an unsaved man would do?”

The Amplified says, “…as mere unchanged men?”

“(5) What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. (6) I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (7) So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God Who gives the growth. (8) He who plants and he who waters are one, AND EACH WILL RECEIVE HIS WAGES ACCORDING TO HIS LABOR. (9) For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, you are God’s building.” (Oikodome = God’s building or Temple)

With this later distinction of builder and building, we “could” assume that only ministers build on the foundation. While there may be a way in which that is true, without question we affect one another towards spiritual growth and maturity or towards evil and destruction. So, I believe it would be a GRAVE mistake to relegate Paul’s words to applying only to “ministers”…and I think that is reflected in the words he goes on to use.

“(10) According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one [say “each one”] take care how he builds upon it. (11) For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if anyone [say “anyone”] builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw– (13) each one’s work [say “each one’s work”]will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one [say “each one”] has done(14) If the work that anyone [say “ANYONE”] has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. (15) If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”

Notice that what is being judged is our ministry work of building up our brother.

Col. 1:21-29,

“21  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22  in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight- 23  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24  I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26  the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”

Did you use approved materials or did you rely upon human wisdom and experience? {The burning flax} were you simply trying to make them “feel” better or Be better by glorifying God?

Mat. 25 – Parable of the Steward and the Talent (money)

1 Peter 4:7,

“7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.” 9  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Our Stewardship of Edifying Ourselves…

Turn to Romans 8:12-34,

“(12) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  (13) For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (14)  For as many as are led by the Spirit of GoStewardshipd, these are sons of God.  (15) For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  (16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (17) and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorifiedStewardship together.  (18)  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (19) For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (20) For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;  (21) because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  (23) Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (24) For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  (25) But if we hope Stewardshipfor what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (26) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (27) Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  (28)  For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  (29)  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  (30)  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  (31)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  (32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  (33) Who shall bring a charge against 

StewardshipGod’s elect? It is God who justifies. (34) Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and 

furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

In closing let’s revisit those first two passages:

Rom. 14:10-12,

“(10) Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

2Cor. 5:10,


“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

 

This service had content that is NOT written out here, so I would encourage you to listen to it WHILE you read…Blessings! 

 

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Hi I am Pastor Mark...

I have been a pastor for nearly 30 years now (2018), though never quite like I am today. (more on that in a moment)

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As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my best friend, greatest personal support and most valued critic.
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As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught. I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled). Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then,

"If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling."

~ Fredrick Buechner

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As I said, as of 2009 I’ve been a Pastor for nearly 20 years. Earlier in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our church was not in keeping with the New Testament. This was a shock to me and it is was a revelation that did not come all at once but over the course of a few weeks.

We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until about 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We believe the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly and though we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keep authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provides teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me. I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!