Equipping the Saints
The Apostle Paul, a “chosen instrument” of God, laid out a vision for the church at Ephesus in his letter to the Ephesians. Serving the Lord, equipping the saints, and therefore being ready for every good work give insight into what the church should be about at DRCC. In the early years of the formation of Christ’s ministry, the concept, purpose, and direction of the body of Christ, under the command of Christ and leadership of the Holy Spirit, became a powerful witness to God’s work! The Praying, Preaching, Teaching of the apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc., had an amazing impact upon that “New Testament” world. Lives were transformed, history was changed forever and the mysteries of heaven were opened because Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, the Father, interceding for His saints. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal point of all history! Life and its value to God will never be seen again as having no eternal significance. Every life is sacred to God! The sacred blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God attests to that fact!
Therefore, we of the Drake Road Christian Church fellowship, in a fervent desire to follow our Lord Jesus Christ in all matter of faith and practice, will seek to implement the scriptural formula of Ephesians 4:7-13. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: ‘When he ascended on high he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.’ (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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.”
Let us then be about our Father’s work by: preaching the Word of God, which produces faith in the hearers, teaching the Word, that all may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus, and loosing the ministry work of the Holy Spirit’s gifting throughout the fellowship of believers. To this end we shall pray “without ceasing” and covet Almighty God’s approval, favor, and blessing for His Glory!
Pastor Emeritus, Charles Patchen