Prayer – Fellowship – People – Mission – Discipleship – Worship & Teaching –  Buildings

Seven themes for perfection and completion. Of course, we don’t all have to do all of them … the body is made up of many parts. But we all need to be doing something. How are you placed?

Prayer – this is the foundation of our approach to God. If we don’t talk to God (and listen to Him) then how can we have relationship and really know Him?

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people (1 Timothy 2:1)

Fellowship – The Old Testament almost invariably refers to a ‘fellowship offering.’ So offer your fellowship to your neighbour. Make a connection and share with each other on a godly path:

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

People – Let us enjoy our friendships and family ties with each other – pray regularly for each other and uplift each other:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

Mission – Listen to God and hear what He calls us all to do. Then do it. He will equip us. Our mission field is the young, the old and everyone in between. Individual missions have endings, rest and friendships:

When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark. (Acts 12:25)

Discipleship – If we know Jesus and know His teaching, then it is our privilege and our duty to share that teaching and to point others to Jesus, for He said we would be His witnesses, and:

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. (Matthew 21:6)

Worship & Teaching –  We were designed and created to worship God. It is worship simply to share our knowledge of God and our relationship with Him:

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
    in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. (Psalm 109:30)

Buildings – May we be good stewards, like Onesiphorus in our actings towards others, our household and our house; this great House of Hope, Peace, Devotion, Silence, Serenity, Grace and Calm:

May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. (2 Timothy 1:16)

Together, these seven themes don’t just make up a way to live. They make up a Way of Life; a rule to set the rhythm of our seasons, so we can navigate the four corners of our life: Heart – Home – Church – World. We need to believe; we need to act. And how do we get to that perfection completion? We can ask Jesus:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

[from Timothy Pitt]

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