Monday, October 18, 2010

Say THE Name

Ephesians 1:15-23
15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Say THE Name

Yesterday, I had the good priviledge to preach a message called 'Say My Name.' The reference for the message was from Genesis 32 (the story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel of the Lord) and from Genesis 2:18 where God brought the animals to Adam and whatever Adam called them that became the name of the animal. The message dealt with answering your calling.

Whether from fatigue or by divine appointment, I didn't give the whole message. The scripture above is the other part, or say THE Name. Jesus, as a name wasn't uncommon. There were many boys before and since the birth of Christ who were named Jesus.

But who gives the name and who receives the name matters.

My pastor isn't my pastor because he decided to open a church. He is my pastor because God called him to that role and he accepted the name. Other people have the same name, but not the same role. His role is unique to his calling and the lives his obedience has impacted. Same with every other pastor, evangelist, apostle, prophet and teacher who has been called by God to service. Common names, unique applications.

Then there is this Jesus. This One Man. The Only Begotten of God Himself. This Jesus Who is Alpha and Omega, the Morning Star, Wonderul, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace. His name became Emmanuel, God with Us despite being a common, ordinary name because of Who gave it to Him and Who He is.

Say THE Name, that Name above all Names. That Name at which every knee should bow, and every tongue confess His Lordship. He is Christ the King. He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Then you need to come see what's been written about and for you by the Author.

Know what I mean, but don't know why I'm so excited about it? Then perhaps your faith is unfinished in its construction. You need to spend time with the Finisher.

Know what I'm talking about and why I'm excited but you feel far removed? Then come see about this Man, this Jesus. You're still His.

Whether you know, don't know or feel lost, we have room for you at Fellowship.

Ephesians 1:3-14

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The rest was too good not to share. Hallelujah!

Evg. Stephanie Robinson

Lifeline is the evangelistic ministry of Fellowship Church in Jonesboro, GA.

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Fellowship Church
Where Passions Become Reality
Because you are a CHOSEN GENERATION!
455 Hwy 138, Ste C
Jonesboro, GA 30238
Alton Watkins, Pastor

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