Being In Step Eph. 4:1-16 Oct. 17, 2010
Have you heard someone say, "I am not interested in doctrine just talk about Jesus?” That statement is based in ignorance. For what we believe, our doctrine, determines how we behave! Many suggests the first half of the Book Of Ephesians is about doctrine while the last half shares about living. Several commentators say the key word in this last half of the book is, "walk." The emphasis is about four ways of walking; 1) In unity (4:1-16), 2) In purity (4:17-5:17), 3) In harmony (5:18-6:9), 4) In victory (6:10-24). The first three chapters give the foundation for us to walk through the last chapters while Being In Step.
1. Being In Step Through A . . Walk With The Lord. 4:1-6
A. Recognizing The . . Unity Of The Spirit In Our Walk. 4:1-3
1 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received,
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, 3 diligently keeping
the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.
B. Recognizing The . . Union Of The Spirit In Our Walk. 4:4-6
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope at your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
The church I pastor works together to keep the unity of the Spirit in our walk. It is a joy to behold. People deliberately forsake their personal desires for this unity. This attitude builds a union in the fellowship that attracts others into our Church. When we walk with the Lord we are in step with the way He planned for the church to walk.
2. Being In Step Through The . . Work Of Ministry. 4:7-12
A. Recognizing The Work Of The Ministry Through . . People Gifts. 4:7-8
7 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah's gift. 8 For it says:
When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.
B. Recognizing The Work Of The Ministry Through . . Personal Gifts. 4:9-11
9 But what does "He ascended" mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth? 10 The
One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill
all things. 11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some
pastors and teachers,
C. Recognizing The Work Of The Ministry Through . . Purposeful Gifts. 4:12
12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,
The Lord gives gifts to His people. He gives them to individual believers and He gives certain gifted believers to His church. Billy Graham is a gift to the churches because God gave him the gift of being an evangelist. These gifts are personally given by the Lord. If you believe you know what gift the Lord has given you then practice the use of it in the church and watch God bless. These gifts obviously have a purpose. Have you ever known of a troubled church where a new pastor corrected the hemorrhaging in the fellowship and, through his pastoral gifts, God built the church? That represented a purposeful use of a gift for ministry.
3. Being In Step Through The . . Wholeness We Have In Christ. 4:13-16
A. The Wholeness We Have In Christ Through The . . Fullness He Gives. 4:13-14
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, growing into a mature man
with a stature measured by Christ's fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the
waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the
techniques of deceit.
B. The Wholeness We Have In Christ Through The . . Fitting He Gives. 4:15-16
15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part. HCSB
Christ desires that all of His children would lack nothing profitable for them to live the Christian life. He wants us to have His fullness. I remember the doctor examining our first baby and him saying, “She is perfect. She has every part to make her a perfect baby.” But suppose she refused to walk or talk. She would have limited what we wanted for her in her adult life. Sometimes we Christians limit what we become because we do not take advantage of the “fullness of Christ” available to us. Christ will fit all of us into the body (the church), as He desires us to be; but we must yield to His fullness and the proper fitting He will give to all the parts of the body. This will certainly enable us to be those who are Being In Step. Amen? Amen!