Calling All Saints

October 30, 2017

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12

We the saints—every believer who has given their heart to Christ—should be about the work of the ministry.

Sometimes, however, we are made to understand that the work of the ministry belongs only to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

But these are given to the Church for the “equipping of the saints” and the “edifying of the body of Christ.”

So what are you—as an edified and equipped saint—called to do?

You are called to the work of the ministry.

If you are a member of the body of Christ, you should be receiving the equipping you need for ministry.

My purpose is to equip you to fulfill your purpose—and why I am so passionate about helping you mature spiritually.

Watch this week’s 4 Points Broadcast to learn what it means to be fully mature in Christ.

If you are to fulfill your assignment as the ministers and servant leaders you are called to be, you must be spiritually mature.

The Church as a whole could do better in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.

And as we all know, there is no shortage of work that needs to be done in this world on behalf of the Kingdom.

There is no shortage of dark places in need of light.

Today, many countries across the globe are celebrating one of the word’s oldest holidays: Halloween. It has been commercialized to such an extent that we have lost sight of it’s original meaning.

The word Halloween or “Hallowe’en” dates to the 16th century and is of Christian origin: “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” It comes from an Old English term for “All Hallows’ Eve” referring to the evening before “All Hallows’ Day”—widely known as “All Saints’ Day” today.

All Hallow’s Eve has preceded All Hallow’s Day since the 16th century.

Even earlier, in the 13th century, we find references to Halwemesse, a holy day of remembrance also celebrated on November 1st.

It is fascinating to look into early church history and discover that as far back as the 4th century there has been a day  set aside to acknowledge the lives of God’s saints.

“To those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:2

I celebrate you this week!

I encourage you to remember the role you play in the unfolding of God’s plan for humanity—the part you play in History.

Let’s remember this Hallow’s Eve and Hallow’s Day all that God has equipped us to do as His saints—His Church—His Ekklesia…meaning “the called out ones.”

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9

What are you being called out to do?

Join us in just a couple of weeks for the End Your Year Strong Empowerment Summit where you will get the equipping and edification you need to make Kingdom history!

I dare you to dream again of all that is possible for you.

You are the saints we celebrate on All Saints’ Day!

You are the living epistles turning the pages of history Paul wrote about in his letter to the Corinthians. (See Corinthians 3:3.)

All of heaven is cheering you on during this pivotal season. All of heaven is waiting for you to fulfill your potential to make your mark on history.

Will you rise up to take your place in leading change?

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 
Hebrews 12:1

You and I are the “saints” God is depending on to shift the tide and shape the future.

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