Made For More
Made To REACH MORE
Ephesians 4:17-5:20; 6:10-17 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We believe if we don’t fulfill our purpose to change the world someone else will! Someone will take on their purpose with passion. Someone will secure themselves in their identity as a masterpiece. Someone will walk in the works God prepared for them before time began. Someone will get activated as the gift that they are. Someone will help the church fill the world, to change the world. Someone. Someone. Someone. Someone… but... not… “me.” I am here to tell you today that you are someone! And the great work before us will never be worked without you! You—through the Church—are God’s means for transforming the world. You—through the Church—are God’s PLAN A! There is no plan b! You—through this church—are God’s means for reaching the world! Made For More | Made To REACH MORE | Ephesians 4:17-5:20; 6:10-17
Made To DO MORE
Ephesians 4:11-16 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We do not believe we have anything of worth to contribute… we are satisfied to simply show up. We convince ourselves that there is no place for us. Those people are far too talented. Their strengths far outweigh mine. I have no experience through which God can work. I have no gift that I can give. Wrong! Not only has God made you a masterpiece with a unique masterpiece mission, but He has also wired you in a unique way to BE at least one of five catalytic gifts He has given to the church. The church is mobilized and catalyzed by the gifts God gives it. Made For More | Made To DO More | Ephesians 4:11-16
Made to LOVE MORE
Ephesians 3:14-21 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We—as God’s Church—are Made For More. We—as God’s people—are Made to Be More. Though these are revelatory, powerful, reorienting truths, there is something that must undergird them if they are to ever be fully activated in our lives—love. But not love in the way that we have come to understand the word in modern western culture. No, this is love in the deep, abiding, transformative sense that can only come from love’s Source. You see in order for the Church to be the fullness of Jesus in the world, and in order for us to understand the unique masterpiece we are, and in order to walk in the masterpiece mission that has been set aside for us, we must first become acquainted with and regularly dwell on how it is that we have been loved, and from that love, love. This is Paul’s primary purpose in this prayer—to plead with God that God would ground the Church in His love. The Church must be grounded and founded in God’s love. If this were easy or automatic, Paul would not have been praying for it to be the reality in the Church at Ephesus. Why is Paul praying this prayer? The answer is quite simple if we can be honest for just a moment—We ground ourselves in so many things besides love. Made For More | Made To LOVE MORE | Ephesians 3:14-21
Made To BE MORE
Ephesians 2:8-10 • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
What we were made for is written across the story of our lives. Our lives often tell the story of that for which we are made. It is usually in winding roads, crooked lines, and misdirected efforts or behaviour—but there is a pattern and a purpose being revealed if we can connect the dots. Even though it was in no way redemptive, it is very clear to me that I was made to communicate. God gave me the gift of gab, and though I used it for many years in many ways to serve myself, He redirected it to serve His ends. We all have something like this: an inherent love and connection with music; a keen sense of beauty in nature; an early artistic bent that may have at first been used for graffiti, but can now be used to display the wonder of God’s creative genius; a keen and critical mind, made for problem solving; a deep and abiding compassion and patience; an unstoppable curiosity; a love for hearing people’s story…the list could literally go on forever. Our lives often tell the story of that for which we are made. But what does that have to do with God... with this scripture we just read together... with being Made for More? Everything! You see, though we may not have taken the time to connect the dots on how we were made or how our lives tell that story, God has, with great intentionality, Made us to Be unique in this world. Perhaps for some of us, Made us to BE More than we presently believe we are. In fact, after another well laid out list of powerful promises, Paul tells us that Every person is a masterpiece, made by a Master Craftsman, for a unique purpose. Made For More | Made To BE MORE | Ephesians 2:8-10
Made For More
Ephesians 1:22-23 • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We settle for so little in our lives. Just getting by… Momentary highs… Edited versions of who we truly are—even of our most redemptive qualities. We settle for substitutes for the dreams God has given us, big dreams that seem to us so outlandish that they cannot ever truly come to fruition. We take that settled mentality into every realm, including our view of what God intends for our lives; what God intends for this world; including our view of His intentions for the Church. It affects how we see everything, and how we engage God and the Church and the world around us. But what if we refused to settle? What if we decided to see with hyper clarity God’s glorious intentions for us… for everything? You see though we often lose sight of it—myself included—Paul tells us that God has made His people fro more. Specifically, He has made His church for more. The church is meant to be the fullness of Christ everywhere. Made For More | Made For More | Ephesians 1:22-23