Raising a people of purpose


The Word:  Romans 1: 5 (KJV)

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Dig Deeper:
1 Peter 1: 2 

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Think about it
We ‘ve been studying the 7 characteristics of living things: Respiration, Nutrition, Excretion, Sensitivity, Movement, Growth, Reproduction. Let’s look into the art of movement today.

What does movement depict?
Movement represents action. The word comes from motion. A process of stirring, shifting, or change of location. Movement is a key sign of life. Certain animals may sometimes play dead to avoid predators. That means completely no movement including breathing. A dead thing does not move. But an animal / plant that is alive cannot remain without movement for long periods. Movement is an action word. Spiritually it can stand for obedience. Meaning that the moment there is an instruction from God’s Spirit, there is no hesitation to immediately comply. Our text for today talks about being elected according to God’s foreknowledge, through sanctification unto obedience….. Parents normally expect their children to obey them. God is no exception. He expects our obedience. But not only does he expect our obedience, he expects it on time and promptly. Meaning the moment he is talking, we are moving to comply.

There is a grace for obedience…  

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience…. 

When prompt obedience is in place, the blessings, follow.
Are you obeying his promptings? and promptly as well?

Our memory verse for February
2 Peter 3: 18
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Let’s take a few moment to learn our memory verse for this month by heart. It can be memorised in 3 lines:
Line 1: But Grow in grace,
Line 2: And in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
Line 3: To him be glory both now and for forever.

Once you say it a few times it will stick.
Prayer focus:  Father help me to pray to obey your promptings, promptly IJN.

On Grace: God’s lavish Grace – Terry Virgo
Masterlife Workbook: The Church is embarking on weeks of discipleship workbook study starting with the Masterlife: Disciple’s cross.