Why Train for Life Change?8 Convictions About Equipping…

The Equipper’s World View

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Ephesians 4:11-16 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

I believe that…

  1. God, as the Author of Life, is intensely interested in the practical issues of everyday life.
  2. God often speaks to his children through their daily needs.
  3. The scriptures accurately and powerfully reveal God’s ways—his values, priorities and principles—which remain unchanged throughout time.
  4. Each generation must rediscover and experience God’s ways for themselves, within their own time and culture.
  5. The most effective witness for Christ is the person in whose life Christ is making a visible, positive difference.
  6. The areas of life where Christ can make a visible, positive difference are specific and quantifiable, and are responsive to scriptural instruction, training and—especially—intercession.
  7. People who are growing in this way bring glory to Christ in the world.
  8. The Equipper’s mission is to help followers of Christ identify the areas of their lives where they need to grow, then help them grow in those areas.