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These 4Cs foundational to 5fold and all maturing, stable, impacting churches based on Ephesians 4

“Live a life worthy of the calling…”. Paul begins at chapter 4 of Ephesians. Why start off with this imperative? Because actions grow out of beliefs. Do we believe that our lives have the call of God upon them? It may be easy to say this when you are young and fiery. But after some storms […]

Jesus’ parting words and Hebrews 12: how to soldier on leader.

Leaders know about resistance, criticism, even rejection. In a way, a leader is like a lightning rod – he/she sticks out and attracts both the praise and the electrical charges that come in a storm. There is plenty of good wisdom out there about this reality. But what struck me as I listened to Scripture […]

Look up! Look up often!

Paul wrote to Timothy, his mentoree and spiritual son because the latter was facing some huge challenges, his health was weakening probably due to the stress; and both his personality and youth were liabilities it seemed at a time like this! If I was Timothy; I would wish Paul returned back quickly to set things […]

we need to get in the trenches!

Do we have any idea how easy it is to lose our way – in the thick of serving God no less. This post is being prompted by a few things: 1. my son is fascinated with all things army-like: the brotherhood, the tough stuff, the strain and the glory. It’s a guy’s dirty, glorious […]

The ‘5-fold gifts’ and maturity… something to ponder for growing in 2015

The 5-fold office, as they are described by some in Ephesians 4 offers us an important insight into Christian maturity. That is after all, the context in which they are mentioned: To prepare God’s people for works of service So that The boy of Christ may be built up Until we reach unity in the […]