‘Equipping the saints for the work of service’
‘without maturity Christians are very, very vulnerable to all kinds of trickery that may well take them a long way from where they ought to be’ – so says Bishop Tom Wright in his commentary on today’s reading from Ephesians . And in our Gospel, Jesus said the same thing very visually, saying that anyone who does not do what He says will find their house collapses when the winds blow, or will stand strong like a house with its foundations in rock if they do (you know the story!) . What does this Church of the Ascension and its people need to grow to maturity in Christ (and as human beings indeed), what do you need?
Our next preaching series will seek to explore the depth of these questions in various ways.
And this is not just for our own sakes, although through such formative processes we will become what God truly made us to be, beautiful in His sight. No, it is that we may do God’s work of service (sometimes translated ministry) in his love for the world around us, every day, far from just at Church or when among Christians. When God’s grace appears on earth through such lives lived for Him, it is an amazing, life-giving, healing, restoring force. One of our people had a dream of crossing the road. Jesus clearly said, “Look right, look left, see where I am leading – do not be distracted by the traffic.” Pray that the Lord will give you ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts willing to go and do what he says – in your own life and for the love of others.
 Ephesians 4.12 (NASB)  ‘Paul for everyone – the prison letters’  Luke 6.46-49