Preached by Pam Busby on 19/11/2023

God At Work In Us

This message takes a look at the way God works in our lives through the beautiful Greek word katartizo.  We find katartizo translated in our Bibles through words such as complete, equip, adjust, fit, framed, join, mend, perfect, prepare, restore.  Each of these words highlight various shades of meaning carried by this rich word.   Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)

We discover that God does this equiping, adjusting, preparing work through His healing power and the mending of all that is broken in our lives.  Matthew 4:21 (NASB)

He also achieves this work in us through our relationships with one another in the church family.

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Scripture References

Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.  (NASB)

And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.  (TLB)

Philippians 2:13
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.  (NASB)

Colossians 1:28
28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every person and teaching every person with all wisdom, so that we may present every person complete in Christ.  (NASB)

Hebrews 13:20-21
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  (NIV)

Matthew 4:21
21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them.  (NASB)

Galatians 6:1
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (NIV)

I Corinthians 1:10
10 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. (NASB)

2 Corinthians 13:11
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, mend your ways, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.  (NASB)

Philippians 4:2-3
Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.  (NASB)