Gifts of Grace for Selfless Service V

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Ephesians 4:1-3 puts an awesome responsibility upon the believer. Spritual gifts, offices, leadership and teaching are not about the church needing volunteers. No, we are called to a great mission in a dark, dying world. The goal is impossible - full maturity into the image of Jesus Christ.

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Ephesians 4:1–3 ESV
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:4–6 ESV
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:7–8 ESV
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

Ephesians 4:9-10

Ephesians 4:9–10 ESV
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:11 ESV
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
Ephesians 4:12 ESV
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Ephesians 4:13 ESV
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Ephesians 4:14 ESV
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.
Ephesians 4:15 ESV
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ephesians 4:16 ESV
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.

1. God appeals to your sense of duty.

2. Repeating themes in the New Testament are; grace, mercy, love, peace and unity. Here, Paul drives home unity.

3. You are crafted for God’s purpose, not your own.

4. You are part of God’s great plan.

5. The Goal:

a. Leaders within the church work toward the same goal.

b. Everyone in the body works to the same goal.

c. Maturity is key.

d. Love makes it work.

e. The goal is to become like Jesus Christ.

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