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Ephesians for Beginners - #8 - Unity of the Church

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This section of the epistle describes the proper response to God's offer of salvation and the blessings attached to it, the first of which is to maintain the unity of The Spirit. (Eph. 4:1-16)

This section of the epistle describes the proper response to God's offer of salvation and the blessings attached to it, the first of which is to maintain the unity of The Spirit. (Eph. 4:1-16)

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Ephesians for Beginners - #8 - Unity of the Church Ephesians for Beginners - #8 - Unity of the Church Presentation Transcript

  • #8 Ephesians Unity of the Church forBeginners Mike Mazzalongo BibleTalk.tv
  • Review - Prays that God open their eyes.
  • Review - Describes the hopeless situation of the Gentiles before Christ. View slide
  • Review - Explains God’s secret plan. View slide
  • Review - The “plan” now revealed by the church to men and angels.
  • Review - Prays that God expand their capcity to receive Christ.
  • Unity Of The Church 1. The call to unity.
  • Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, - Ephesians 4:1 Unity Of The Church
  • 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. - Ephesians 4:2-3 Unity Of The Church
  • The threat of division at Ephesus also carried the danger of loss of unity with Christ. Unity Of The Church
  • Attitudes that promote unity… - Humility - Meekness (Gentleness) - Patience - Forbearance
  • Unity Of The Church 1. The call to unity. 2. The basis for unity.
  • 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. - Ephesians 4:4-6 Unity Of The Church
  • We are united because we share… - One Body
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit - One Hope
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit - One Hope - One Lord
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit - One Hope - One Lord - One Faith
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit - One Hope - One Lord - One Faith - One Baptism
  • We are united because we share… - One Body - One Spirit - One Hope - One Lord - One Faith - One Baptism - One God
  • Unity Of The Church Attitude + Elements = Unity
  • 1. The call to unity. 2. The basis for unity. 3. God helps us keep unity. Unity Of The Church
  • 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “ WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.” - Ephesians 4:7-8 Unity Of The Church
  • 9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) - Ephesians 4:9-10 Unity Of The Church
  • Jesus is able to supply abundantly the “gifts” necessary to maintain unity. Unity Of The Church
  • 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, - Ephesians 4:11 Unity Of The Church
  • The gifts given are… The Bible Today } Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors/Teachers
  • 12  for the equipping of the saints for the work  of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; - Ephesians 4:12 The gifts given are…
  • 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. - Ephesians 4:13 The gifts given are…
  • 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; - Ephesians 4:14 Unity Of The Church
  • Unity Of The Church 1. The call to unity. 2. The basis for unity. 3. God helps us keep unity. 4. Results of unity.
  • 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, - Ephesians 4:15 Unity Of The Church
  • 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. - Ephesians 4:16 Unity Of The Church
  • The Results of Unity - Firmly Planted in the Word. - Speak the Truth in Love. - Maturity - Cooperation & Mutual Service
  • The goal is that the body grows to the point of maturity that the head has already reached. Unity Of The Church
  • The Cost Of Unity Is Discomfort! Unity Of The Church
  • “Your love for one another will prove that you are my disciples” - John 13:35 Unity Of The Church
  • The greatest task we have as Christians is to maintain that unity, that oneness by loving one another despite our differences. Unity Of The Church