'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.
54 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. As wise master builders of God, true apostolic ministries are particularly important to the laying of the proper foundation of Christ and to the building up of the church in the last days. As the spirit of error, doctrines of demons, and false teachings increase in the last days, apostolic and prophetic ministries will become all the more critical to the laying of the foundation that is anchored on the true doctrines of Christ, and to the building up of the church with ‘gold, silver, and precious stones’ according to the blueprint of the chief architect and builder, God. Hence, as stewards of the body of Christ, leaders of the church must seek to clarify, understand, and accept the important roles and graces of the entire fivefold ministry in the life of the church. 2. “…For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” The role of the fivefold ministry is also to enable the saints to function; for the body will be invalid without the proper functioning of its body members. Every member of the body must be taught, made a disciple, trained, equipped, and fathered for the work of service according to their gifts and calling in Christ, so that the body of Christ can be built up.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 55 In an army unit, the soldiers are trained to be strong and effective in their diverse functions, and they are trained to operate as a formidable unit without breaking ranks from each other. In a business corporation, leaders and professionals are trained to perform effectively, productively, and accountably according to their roles and KPIs (key performance indicators); and business units are organised to operate synergistically to fulfil the corporate mission and values in the nations. 1 Peter 2:4-6 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” If organisations of the world train and equip their people to build their organisations, the church must be even more excellent in “equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ”; so that ‘living stones’ are built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 3. “…until we all 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” The process of equipping saints and building up the body of Christ must end in the church attaining to the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. However,
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