Building the Wall
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5
We indeed are as Living Stones being built into a wall as the Body of Christ. But how does that happen?
It all begins with the Cornerstone as we are built upon the Foundations using the Line and the Plumb Line bonded together with the mortar. Let’s explore this together.
Our Identity In Christ
For by Grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
This is a study concerning who we are in the Body of Christ, our identity. An accurate understanding of our identity enables us to more effectively interact with God, with one another, and with the environment or atmosphere around us. The identity is what God has to say about us.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for Good
works, which God prepared
beforehand, that we should walk
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
Purpose – The Reason
Calling – The Action
Destiny – The Fulfillment
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:16-17 ESV
Father, Son, Holy Spirit
Their Individual Personalities
Their Unique Roles, In Unity
Speaking in Parables
He who has ears, let him hear.
Jesus is referring to spiritual hearing as one seeks truth of God and the Kingdom.
Jesus uses parables to communicate lessons concerning the Kingdom of Heaven to His disciples; those who have discernment.
Understanding breeds more understanding through intimacy with God as one is taught by Holy Spirit.
The Seven Spirits of God
From the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,
Revelation 4:5 ESV
Who or what are the seven spirits of God and why should we be interested in them?
We will explore how these seven spirits of God are intertwined through scripture and what they represent.
Isaiah 11:2 English Standard Version (ESV)
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
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The Five-fold Ministry
And He gave the Apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers
Ephesians 4:11 ESV
What do these offices look like going forward?
The who, what, where, why, when and how?
We will explore these offices and what they ought to look like in the Body of Christ.
Notes to Aid Your Study
These topics are not in a specific series but have been used in the podcast, Being Disciples.
Use these notes as a starting point for your own study, for a group study, or for discipling others.
Meditate on the Word and seek guidance from Holy Spirit.