'Poiēma' means 'workmanship'; it speaks of the mastery of the Master on His masterpiece; it also speaks of God's eternal workmanship on His elect from eternity before Genesis to eternity after Revelation. 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' presents a biblical vision of God's divine masterplan which He carried out in Christ Jesus. It traces the ancient pathways of God through the ages, from Eden to the new heaven and new earth. It studies the image of Christ that God had authored, and will make perfect, in His elect from the day of creation until the day of Christ Jesus. It brings the transcendent nature of God and His Spirit of truth to bear on His Church and His Kingdom for the summing up of all things in Christ. 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' is systematic theology made easy. Not only will it bind us together in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, it will also be the anchor of our soul, preventing us from being tossed here and there by waves of false teachings, or being carried about by every wind of deceptive doctrine. Let us swim into deeper depths, and soar onto higher heights, by the Spirit of truth. Let us be the 'poiema' of God! 'Poiēma, God's Workmanship' is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
16 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP When we measure by God's measurements, we will build accurately by God's design; and God's dwelling amongst us will be most holy; for His is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. God has indeed begun a good work in us through Christ. Yet, I know that “the end of a matter is better than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). So, how much better will this ‘good work’ be? The answer is perfection; for the Master is looking for perfect masterpieces. Like Paul, I am confident that God will, and is able to bring the good work that He has begun in us unto perfection, even up till the last minute before Christ returns. Let us welcome the workmanship of God. POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP: THE BOOK With this in view, ‘Poiēma, God's Workmanship’ is written to: ✡ ✡ Explore the crowning glory of true faith in God, hope in Christ, and love in the Spirit according to God's eternal purpose and workmanship which He has revealed through His Word; Provide a starter resource on the elementary principles of the oracles of God for making disciples of Christ and maturing sons of God;
INTRODUCTION 17 ✡ ✡ ✡ Improve the theological literacy of saints and deepen the roots of their faith, so that they will not be tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming in the last days; Help churches attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ; Bring to light the administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In order for us to understand what it takes to be the masterpiece of God, we must first understand God, the Master, and see what He sees as His perfect masterpiece that will bring Him great pleasure. In ‘Poiēma, God's Workmanship’, we will explore the eternal purpose and master blueprint of God by painting a theological vision that God has revealed through His Word. We will explore the nature of His workmanship on living stones, on the temple of Christ's body, on the city of the living God, and on the kingdom of God in the nations. We will explore the dimensions of the good works which God has prepared beforehand for us to walk, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Christ; to the end that we who put our hope in Christ will be to the praise of the glory of His grace. Developing a robust theological vision will enable us to bring the gospel and workmanship of God to bear on our lives, our church, and our ministry expressions in our cities and nations,