Sunday Morning Small Groups (Invite a Friend) Sunday

May 26, 2019
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Small Groups 9AM

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                Gifts That Grow the Church

Ephesians 4:1-16

Central Truth:

God provides leadership gifts to strengthen and mature

each local church in Christ.

Golden Text :

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).

INTRODUCTION

The fourth chapter of Ephesians reinforces a theme that Paul developed in the second and third chapters. In the second chapter, Paul taught that not only had believers been delivered from death in sin and made to sit with Christ in heavenly places (vv. 1-6), but they had also been reconciled into a single body. He offers two vivid portraits of the body of Christ that will inform the rest of his instruction.

The initial portrait is of a community in which Gentiles have been made full citizens (vv. 12, 19). By making Gentiles citizens of a new commonwealth, God “in Christ” has broken down political and ethnic rivalries with Jews. Building on the portrait of a new nation, Paul next employs the image of a temple with Christ as the cornerstone (vv. 20-22). Believers are new citizens who are being constructed into a new temple—a living edifice that will house God’s presence and be a conduit of God’s power.

Paul elaborates on his portrait of the body of Christ in the third chapter that sets the tone for the fourth. The new community that God is building will become the place in which God displays His “manifold wisdom” through the working of divine power (3:7, 10). The Church is a new reality God is calling into existence in order to overcome principalities and powers and to show the world His rich grace. The chapter concludes with a prayer that the Ephesians might know how deep God’s love is in creating a new body and how strong His power is in sustaining it (vv. 14-21).

The question naturally emerges as to how God brings about one body. How does God reconcile Jews and Gentiles and make them fellow citizens in the new heavenly commonwealth? Paul’s answer in chapter 4 is to develop a theology of the gifts that centers on equipping the members of Christ’s body. In Christ, God has created a new community that will be a living temple housing and channeling His presence and power to the world. This temple emerges through the bestowal of gifts that equip and construct (build up) His people. When the body of Christ functions in gifts, it also becomes a conduit of God’s power in the world.

Come with Anticipation, Expectation, and Motivation

To receive what God has for you !

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