Complex life transition of young adult Sense of belonging and commitment to church Time factor Career prospects Lack of good leadership and pastoral guidance No sense of newness or purpose and just going through the motions
Economy of Ephesus rely on the imperial cult worship Church of Ephesus made up of Jewish and Gentile Christians
Equip for Ministry (Eph 4:11-12)11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, someto be prophets, some to be evangelists, and someto be pastors and teachers,12 to prepare Gods people for works of service,so that the body of Christ may be built up
First characteristic: Equip for Ministry (Eph 4:11-12) Christ supply the church with gifted ministers: Apostles Prophets Evangelists Pastors Teachers
First characteristic: Equip for Ministry (Eph 4:11-12) Why does Christ provide the church with gifted ministers? To prepare God’s people (Equip every believer) For works of service (Every believer exercise his/her gift faithfully)
Fellowship cannot always remain in status quo Evaluate Fellowship regularly Area of service Life of every YAF member Activities/Programs
Ask good questions Has YAF equip every member to realize his/her spiritual gift and exercise it faithfully? What are the reasons YAF member cannot commit to fellowship or works of service in church? Church Leaders? Sunday school teachers? Mentors? Others?
Attain oneness in Christ (Eph 4:13)13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in theknowledge of the Son of God and become mature,attaining to the whole measure of the fullness ofChrist.
Second characteristic: Attain oneness in Christ(Eph 4:11-12) What does it mean to build up the body of Christ? Reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God Striving for deeper fellowship with Jesus Become mature Collective growth of believers Attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ Life of every believer more like Jesus (WWJD)
How does YAF attain oneness in Christ? Focused teaching vs Diverse teaching Long term plans Sermons to stimulate deeper reflection of God’s word Bible study leads to critical thinking and mutual discussion of God’s word
Mutual support in Christ (Eph 4:15-16)15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will inall things grow up into him who is the Head, thatis, Christ.16 From him the whole body, joined and heldtogether by every supporting ligament, growsand builds itself up in love, as each part does itswork.
Third characteristic: Mutual Support in Christ(Eph 4:15-16) What is the important criteria for growth to happen in church? Speak the truth in love Truth of God’s word vs Cultic teachings
Third characteristic: Mutual Support in Christ(Eph 4:15-16) Paul’s conclusion of Christ and His church Christ is the goal that the church should grow towards Christ is the reason for the existence of the church Christ unites the church and causes it to grow
Third characteristic: Mutual Support in Christ(Eph 4:15-16) Collective growth vs Individual growth
Third characteristic: Mutual Support in Christ(Eph 4:15-16) Fundamental element is love
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
How does YAF find mutual support in Christ? Have we been faithfully serving one another with our spiritual gift? Evaluating our spiritual gift Spiritual gift assessment Quote: “with greater power comes greater responsibility”
How does YAF find mutual support in Christ? Appreciate one another diversity in our Spiritual gifts Appreciate one another diversity in our character Pay close attention to the ones who are often left out Set aside time for deep mutual sharing and prayer
Defense against Secularization (Eph 4:14)14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed backand forth by the waves, and blown here and thereby every wind of teaching and by the cunningand craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
Fourth characteristic: Defense againstSecularization (Eph 4:14) Why does Paul uses an imagery of an infant? To contrast the instability of infant in verse 14 to a mature man in verse 13
Are we aware of the threat posed by Secularization? Evolution theory vs Creation truth Education place greater emphasis on knowledge than moral values Our generation is growing in an environment of secularization
How can YAF defend against Secularization? Christian Education is necessary in our family, Sunday service, Sunday school, fellowship or small groups Sermons which target crucial issues in society and response of God’s word Gambling Homosexuality Relation of Christian faith to the marketplace Christ-centered perspective of singlehood, marriage and family
YAF to grow in the following 4 aspects: Equip for Ministry Faithful in exercising our spiritual gift to serve Attain oneness in Christ Strive for unity and spiritual growth together to be more like Christ Mutual Support in Christ Seek for deeper fellowship and closer connection with one another Defense against Secularization Sought to relate our faith in every area of our lives
Of these 4 aspects being a new community in Christ, (Equip for ministry, Attain oneness in Christ, Mutual support in Christ, Defence against secularization) which one is the hardest for YAF to grow? Why?