Thursday, August 4, 2011

What does it look like to 'Equip the Saints'?

"It was he [Jesus] who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ" - Ephesians 4:11-12, NET

Here's the story.  I've been leading devos on Walking WITH God with the COCUSA staff all summer.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but compared to previous summers leading morning devotions, these didn't seem to be going quite as well.

So last week (mostly on a whim) I decided to scrap the devo I had planned.   Instead we brainstormed questions and conversation starters to point our conversations with campers toward spiritual things.  You can read the full story of how it went here, but to sum it up, God used that devo to welcome another child into heaven.

In all of my devos about Walking WITH God I was focused on mainly head knowledge.  Then I broke form and led a discussion about practical ways to point conversations to Jesus... and the results were awesome.

I know there's a balance to be found here, because action without correct head knowledge would get ugly fast.

But at the same time, if your speaking and teaching isn't helping other Christians do the "work of ministry" then you are not equipping the saints.

2 comments:

  1. And if you're not equipping... you're not leading.

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  2. Nice addition Bill. If it didn't have your name on it I would steal it!

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