Biblical Inspiration 1 ~ WE ARE CALLED TO BE GOD’S PEOPLE ~ What Difference Can You Make? ~ The Moody Church

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Biblical Inspiration 1 ~ WE ARE CALLED TO BE GOD’S PEOPLE ~ What Difference Can You Make? ~ The Moody Church
Sunday, June 22, 2014

What Difference Can You Make?

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June 22, 2014
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Sunday, June 22, 2014 ~ Sunday, June 29, 2014

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–16
Speaker: Dr. Bill Bertsche
                    Dr. William P. Bertsche Executive Pastor

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June 22, 2014



Prelude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

Invocation Pastor Charles Butler

“We Are Called to Be God’s People”

Scripture Reading Selections from 1 Peter 1 and 2 (ESV) Hannah Bertsche
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander…as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Kyrie Eleison”

“Show Us Christ”

Pastoral Prayer Pastor Charles Butler


Anthem Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra
“One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”

“The Risen Christ”


What Difference Can You Make?
Ephesians 4:1–16
Dr. Bill Bertsche


Song of Response


Postlude Dr. Paul Satre, organ



Sermon Notes

June 22, 2014
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–16

Speaker: Dr. Bill Bertsche

                               Dr. William P. Bertsche Executive Pastor



Ephesians 4 ESV  click  Audio


Ephesians 4:1–16 ESV

Unity in the Body of Christ

4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”[a]

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?[b] 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[c] and teachers,[d] 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[e] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.



Pastor to People

June 22, 2014

This past Thursday we celebrated a very happy event: the 20-year anniversary of Darlynn Ramsey coming on staff as The Moody Church’s receptionist. While many in our church have not met Darlynn in person, perhaps only having spoken with her on the phone, Darlynn’s kind and joyful spirit is still evident through that contact alone.

Darlynn is known for many things, but perhaps the best is her consistent response to the question, “How are you today, Darlynn?” Without deviation, her answer is “I’m blessed.” What strikes me about this response—in addition to its constancy—is the conviction with which Darlynn says it. Her love for her Heavenly Father is always evident, and she does indeed know that she is blessed by the Lord. Even though there has been no shortage of trials in Darlynn’s life, throughout these trials she steadfastly testifies to the goodness of God.

Through her God-honoring perspective, Darlynn not only blesses all those who call our church—including those with less-than-pleasant attitudes—but also all of us who have the privilege of working with her. In fact, it is Darlynn’s gracious handling of “difficult people,” whether in person or on the phone, that impresses us the most. If you were to ask the staff how we feel about Darlynn and her twenty years of ministry here, we would all gladly say, “We’re blessed.”

For His glory,
Pastor Bill Bertsche