Ephesians 4:11-16 Common English Bible
Paul continues to inform the church in Ephesus of the value of being and doing more, but as an extension of the body of Christ. As Paul sits in prison, he is writing to the church about unity, not for unity’s sake, but as a reflection and connection of God’s call on our lives. We are to demonstrate this LOVE! Why? We are One Body!
We are all gifted for ministry!
“He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11
The gifts from Christ are for equipping!
“His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:12
Equipping over time leads to spiritual maturity!
“until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ. As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others.” Ephesians 4:13-14
As we GROW in Christ, speak truth!
“Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.” Ephesians 4:15-16
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Live worthily in Christ!”