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We at the Ekklesia of the Lord Jesus Christ hope you enjoyed your holiday season!  We are excited about what the Lord has prepared for us this year, and we wanted to share it with you.
Beginning next Sunday, January 8, through the end of March, we will be studying Kingdom Economics.  This series is important to understand because just as God’s Kingdom itself is spiritual, so is God’s economy in his Kingdom.  It does, however, manifest itself in the earth.  But what does it look like?  How does it differ from a worldly economic system?  How will we know we are operating in God’s economy as opposed to man’s economy?  The questions will be answered during this powerful series.
Beginning in April, we will review the book A Glimpse of the Kingdom, which will be a five week series.  Upon the conclusion of this series, we will address the question Who was Paul?  In order to appreciate Paul’s writings, it is important to understand what perspective he wrote from, and why he wrote from that perspective.  We will consider various sources, including those who were critical of the apostle Paul in order to obtain a clearer picture of the man who wrote many of the letters in the New Testament.  After we conclude with this series, we will then read the gospels.  It is extremely important to remember that faith comes by hearing, and many times our learning increases when we hear the Bible, not just read it.
What can we look forward to on Wednesdays?  We will first conclude our teaching on the book The Kingdom of God by John Bright; then, beginning March 1, we will begin a very important series on Adoption and Significance.  If you know someone who has struggled with understanding their significance in Christ, or if you yourself have questioned your own significance, then you need this class.
Our service in the Kingdom of God is just as important as our learning about the Kingdom, so one Sunday a month, usually the third Sunday, we will put what we have learned into action.  We do not assemble for a service; instead, we perform service in the community.  This service is part of our discipleship – we learn, but then we prove what we have learned by doing it.  We are looking forward to what will be accomplished this year, and we pray that 2017 is a year of spiritual growth and maturity for you as well as you press into the Kingdom of God!

Train up a ChildYesterday, as Cindy and I were out to dinner celebrating our 31st anniversary, we had the occasion to eat at a particular restaurant.  As we were waiting for our meal, a waitress approached our table and said “You’re Mr. Mosby.  I never forget a face.”  She went on to tell me that I taught her chess when she was in elementary school and that she plays even to this day.  She also said that playing chess taught her a lot about life.  I was nearly in tears by the time she left our table.  I taught chess for only one year at Clovernook Elementary School, yet this young woman, who was busy about her business at work, took the time to come over to our table to share how learning the game of chess affected her life.  I immediately thought of a very important proverb:
Prov. 22:Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I was also reminded of some sound wisdom I received years earlier at a National Naval Officers Association conference.  A senior officer was complimenting me on how I presented myself at the conference, and when I expressed gratitude for his kind remarks, I shared with him that I had not seen him at all during the conference.  His response to me was succinct: “That just goes to show you, you never know who’s watching.”
As saints of God seeking the kingdom of God, we have no idea who is watching us on a daily basis.  We must remember that our kingdom citizenship should be reflected in our daily conduct.  We must also remember that little children learn from our conduct and actions, and that children really do live what they learn.  God placed us in this earth as evidence of his kingdom, grace, mercy and lovingkindness.  We should exhibit that influence in our daily lives, and endeavor to be an influence in the lives of others, whether it be by word or deed.

do unto othersMatt. 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Lord Jesus made a powerful statement.  Simply put, He said that the principle of doing to others what you would have them do to you sums up everything in the Jewish law (Torah) and the Prophets (Nevi’im).  Would you desire others to be kind to you?  Then be kind to others.  Would you desire that others be patient with you?  Then be patient with others.  If you don’t want others to talk about you behind your back, then don’t talk about others behind their backs.  It is profound that our Lord would say that everything that was written in the Law and the Prophets could be summed up in this one instruction.  Ponder that thought for a moment.  All of the exploits, all of the teachings, all of the prophecies in the Old Testament can be wrapped up in this simple teaching of how we are to treat others.  This instruction requires us to be deliberate in every action we take.  It calls for us to be intentional in our words and actions toward others.  This particular teaching is also unconditional; meaning that it isn’t based upon whether others treat you that way.  I am to obey this teaching regardless of how others treat me.  In other words, I cannot use the treatment I receive from others as an excuse not to obey this instruction.  Our Lord made it clear to us that to whom much is given, much is required.  This is what the Lord expects of His kingdom citizens.  

Understanding the proper definition of a single word can completely change your perception of a passage in the Bible.  Take, for example, Ephesians 4:1 – I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

If you isolate that passage, as I have done for the purpose of this post, you can easily interpret the message to mean that Paul is urging every individual to walk in a manner that is fitting for whatever God has called a person to do.  For example, if God called you to be a teacher, then you should teach in a manner worthy of your calling.  If God called you to be an athlete, then you should perform in a manner worthy of your calling.  This type of interpretation is very common in our country, where a person can be whatever he or she desires to be.  This is an example of how our culture has persuaded saints of God to interpret the Bible in a manner that conforms to our way of thinking.

If, however, we renew our minds as we have been instructed, and conform our way of thinking to the Bible, that passage says something completely different.  Paul was not addressing individuals; he was addressing the church at Ephesus.  Since the church is one body, the “you” is not singular; rather, it is a collective “you.”  Since the “you” is plural, the vocation, or calling, has to apply to all concerned.  Indeed, this is consistent with what Paul said in his letter to the Romans:
Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Notice that the word gifts is plural, because there are many gifts in the body of Christ.  The word calling, however, is singular, because there is only one call – out of the world, and into the kingdom.  All saints of God respond to the same call.  What is that call?  The gospel of the kingdom.  It is this call that unites us; it is this singular vocation that joins us together.  We aren’t employees of an organization; rather, we are several members of one organism – the body of Christ.  We are all joined together in one body; as such, we are admonished as one church to walk worthy of that calling, each one of us doing our part in order that God may be glorified.