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Jan21
EPHESIANS Together Preserving Unity
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6
Date: Jan 21st, 2018
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Human Behavior: Mind (know) ->Heart (feel) ->Will (do)


Christ-followers: Mind (aware) ->Heart (appreciate) ->Will (act)


= Inside -> Out  Phil.2:13; Luke 6:43-45 = God-created process


= Paul’s Teaching:  Ch. 1-3 = Calling  -> Ch. 4-6 = Conduct


*** The setting where this is lived out is ***


 “together with all the saints.” 3:18


TODAY: “Together” Preserving complementary prayer


A.  Be Mindful of a Possibility


= in being created as a Body (Rom. 12:4, 5), members are to


   live and function “together” in UNITY for health and growth


 -POSSIBILITY = there could be a malfunction / dysfunction


cf. Jesus’ Prayer re: His Followers   John 17:11, 20-23


cf. Paul’s Words to the Ephesian Elders   Acts 20:27-31


…the Devil’s schemes are focused = “Divide & Conquer”


 


B. Be Mindful of Preservation


… “How do we keep the unity?”


1. Keep Responding to God’s Call   1


= Ch.1-3: be like Jesus in Character and Conduce


= CONSISTENCY, as you were taught; “How am I treating God?”


2. Keep Respecting Other Believers   2


- characteristics not natural to Greeks, nor US


- involves a CHANGE of ATTITUDES cf. Phil. 2:1-5


3. Keep being Responsible to “make every effort to keep the unity” 3


- Acts 20: Elders to be INTENTIONAL in Guiding & Guarding


= Preservation of TEAM …Together and Togetherness


- “unity of the Spirit” = a God-created UNITY “in Christ” (1 Cor.12:13)


 


C. Be Mindful of our Platform   4-6


_where we stand _on which we stand _Foundations _includes “all” 6


- “one” = REALITY of Christian Doctrine (teaching) _ “the way it is”


- “one” = REALITIES believers have in common = TREASURED!


*** CONVICTIONS on which Christ-followers ***


stand, and stand “TOGETHER”