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Jan28
EPHESIANS 'Together' Preparing For Usefulness
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-16
Date: Jan 28th, 2018
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EPHESIANS


“Together” Preparing For Usefulness


Ephesians 4:7-16


 


Romans 12:4, 5 - an inter-dependency within the body / Christ’s Body


Ephesians 3:18 – “Together with all the saints.”


     1. the Act o Gathering Together (Presence) Acts 2:46, 49; Heb. 10:25


     2. the Act of Growing Togetherness (Purpose) Acts 4:32


    ***Presence and Purpose are inseparable _Body, Head & Heart


Theme of Ephesians = “Grow Up Spiritually”   “HOW?”


     1. By Preserving the Unity   4:1-6         requires of us work, change,


     2. By Preparing for Usefulness   4:7-16      to make adjustments


 


A. The Gifts are Provided   7-10


- a Picture: Christ the King returning from battle, and distributing gifts


- “apportioned” = Christ sovereignly gives gifts and grace to us them


NOTE: “to each one of us” gifts are given…including YOU!


 


B. The Gifts involve Preparation   11-12a


- a gift as an ability is given to and through a person to the church


- “gave some…” = not everyone has the same gift(s)


- there are various roles in the preparation process, each focused so


  so as “to prepare God’s people for works of service.”


- for the common good   1 Cor.12:7; 1 Pet. 4:10 vs. SELF-CENTERED


 


C. The Gifts focus on Purpose  12b-15


1. Focus on Spiritual Maturity  12b  _unity in “the faith”, experience


2. Focus can be Measured  13b    _be like Jesus = His fullness


- spiritual-adult stability in beliefs and behavior  vs. like a ship tossed


POINT: an inter-dependency within the family of God that involves


              looking out for each other, and encouraging each other


              toward Christlikeness = standing strong   Heb.10:25


 


D. The Gifts speak of Participation   16


- Personal: responding to Christ as the Head = ALLEGIANCE


-Partnering: together & togetherness, supporting healthy function


- Potential: for growth; Love is an indicator; Quality ->Quantity


1 Cor.3:7 – “God makes things grow.”  _“as each part does its work”


          “Do we have FAITH in God -> prepare for usefulness?”