“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesian 4:16 //

This week young adult pastor Chase Moore continued with part four of our series, Family Matters. Throughout this series, we are diving into the book of Ephesians and learning about what it means to be a part of God’s family.

WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A POSITION IN GOD’S FAMILY, AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO GROW INTO THE POSITION WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN.

The call to walk in the position we have been given in God’s family is ultimately a call to unity. This unity cannot be obtained by our own efforts; it can only be achieved when we let the Holy Spirit do the work for us. Some of us struggle with the idea of unity because we equate it to uniformity, but unity of the Spirit does not mean that everybody is the same. God does not want us to all be the same. In fact, He created us to be different. We need your diversity. We need you to think in a way that is different than we do. We need you to challenge us. We need you to come from a different place than we come from. The Church needs the grace given to each of us to bring us to the greater, well-rounded unity that God calls us to.

GOD HAS GIVEN EACH OF US DIFFERENT GIFTS TO DO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH.

Each of us is called to the work of ministry to build up the Body of Christ. As a child of God, we are all called to the work of the Father. At Antioch Waco, we believe the work of the church was never meant to be done by a few people, but that everyone is called to own the vision of the church through living surrendered to Jesus, walking in community, giving generously and serving. Some churches have members, but we have owners because we believe that we are all in the family business together, doing the Father’s work together so that we can attain the unity of the faith and spiritual maturity. There is a difference between knowing a lot and being mature. Sometimes a person who knows a lot can be very immature, doing little with what they know. Other times, a person who knows a little can be very mature, using what they know to the best of their ability. Each of us can use what we know and the gifts we have, and we need you!

IN RESPONSE //

Taking what you learned on Sunday, take time to pause and spend time in Word, worship and prayer.

  • Word // Throughout our series, we will be reading through the book of Ephesians. Follow along with our summer reading plan and spend time reflecting on the truth of God every day.
  • Worship // Whether in your car, at work or in your home, we want to create an atmosphere of continual worship. In that place of worship, we create space for the unity of the Spirit to overflow among us.
  • Prayer // Ask God how you can be contributing to the work of the ministry. Prayerfully consider ways you can step in and use your gifts to build up the Body of Christ.

Reflect //

  • Think of someone you are in conflict with right now and ask God how He sees that person. Confess that you are having a hard time seeing the person the way God sees them, and ask God to help you enter into the unity of the Spirit.