The reading for today is Ephesians 4:7, 11-16
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
The Bible teaches that all believers have priesthood authority (1 Peter 2:5-9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6) and it’s important to understand that Lutherans for the most part do believe that each Christian has the authority to preach and teach, read and interpret the Bible, and confess their own sins directly to Jesus.
I believe we have a duty, a call to learn the Bible’s teachings and to share the teachings as we may be ‘the only Bible someone ever reads.’ By taking ownership in our ability to learn the Bible and not solely rely on the leadership of our church, we open more opportunities to learn and share.
Our Pastors cannot be in every meeting and attend to every problem, so we are called to learn, share and hold each other up…speaking the truth in love, growing and building up in love as each of us do our part.
Dear Lord, help us to understand your words so we may use them to speak and act in ways to help others understand your Love.
Thomas Frase firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Debbie’s mother and father who are needing more healing and strength.