EQUIP MINISTRY CLASSES FALL SESSION

BY PASTOR TERRY MILLER

In one sense, all believers are “under construction”. We’re all in different places when it comes to knowledge and experience in defending our faith, understanding how to manage our finances in a biblical manner or knowing why God gifted us with certain spiritual gifts and how He wants to use them for His Kingdom. Here at Cornerstone, one aspect of being under construction falls under the banner of our “Equip” ministry. The purpose of Equip is to provide all of us a path to Biblical discovery and living out the Christian faith.

 

The word equip has the idea of “making someone adequate or sufficient for something” or some purpose.  Both James and John used the term “katartizo” (equip) when they spoke of mending their nets (Matthew 4:21). In classical Greek literature, katartizo was used to describe restoring a dislocated limb or setting broken bones in place. It was also used to describe furnishing a guest room, to get it ready for guests.

 

So the idea is that pastors and teachers are to teach the Word to help the body become adequate or prepared; so that they may serve the Lord in accordance with their spiritual gifts. What do you mean by “spiritual gifts” you might ask? I’m so glad you did—because this is one of our Equip classes offered this fall! The class is called DESIGN and it’s just one of several classroom opportunities available to you free of charge, materials included, most with food and childcare provided.

 

The ultimate goal of the Equip ministry is perfectly articulated in Ephesians 4:12-13.

...to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ...

 

Here is a link to the fall class schedule on our church website.  You can sign up for classes on the website or at the information table during our weekend services. To register online click here: www.cclb.org/equip-classes.html.

 

See you at an Equip class this fall!

"Here at Cornerstone, one aspect of being under construction falls under the banner of our “Equip” ministry. The purpose of Equip is to provide all of us a path to Biblical discovery and living out the Christian faith."

"The idea is that pastors and teachers are to teach the Word to help the rest of the body become adequate or prepared; so that they may serve the Lord in accordance with their spiritual gifts."

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