Sermon on Ephesians 4: The Building the Church

 "The Building of the Church: United in Purpose"

The divine blueprint for building the Church. It's a blueprint centered on unity, spiritual gifts, ministerial roles, and spiritual maturity. As we study Ephesians 4:3-13, let's learn how each of us plays a vital role in constructing God's Church.

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I. The Call to Unity in the Church (Ephesians 4:3)

Ephesians 4:3 reminds us of the importance of maintaining unity in the Church through the bond of peace. Unity is not merely the absence of conflict but the presence of love and understanding. It's a reflection of our oneness in Christ and a testimony to the world of God's transformative power.

II. Spiritual Gifts for Building the Church (Ephesians 4:7-8)

Ephesians 4:7-8 tells us that each of us has received a measure of grace through Christ's gifts. These spiritual gifts are diverse and designed to equip us for service. They are not for our glory but for the building up of the Church. We must recognize, nurture, and use these gifts to fulfill our roles in the body of Christ.

III. The Purpose of Ministerial Gifts (Ephesians 4:12)

In Ephesians 4:12, we discover that God has appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for a specific purpose: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." These roles exist to empower and guide us, not to control us. They exist to help us grow in Christ and fulfill our callings.

  • A godly Church wants leaders to seek the good of the Church (1 Peter 5:1-3 Ezekiel 34:2).
  • A godly Church wants leaders to know the Word of God (1 Timothy 3:2, 6 Titus 1:9-11).
  • A godly Church wants leaders to communicate with the Church (Genesis 11:6).
  • A godly church wants leaders who lead and not just direct (Matthew 23:1-3 1 Peter 5:3).
  • A godly Church wants leaders to serve as shepherds, not just administrators (Acts 20:28 1 Peter 5:2).
  • A godly church wants leaders to recognize and utilize the church's talents (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12)

IV. Spiritual Maturity (Ephesians 4:13)

Ephesians 4:13 reveals the ultimate goal: "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." Our unity, spiritual gifts, and ministry roles are meant to lead us to spiritual maturity, mirroring the character of Christ.

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V. The Renewing of the Mind (Ephesians 4:23)

Ephesians 4:23 emphasizes the renewal of the mind as a crucial component of building the Church. As individuals, we must continually align our thoughts with God's truth. A renewed mind brings about transformed behavior and fosters unity within the body of Christ.

VI. The Need for Truth and Love (Ephesians 4:15)

In Ephesians 4:15, we are called to speak the truth in love. Truth without love can be harsh, and love without truth can be shallow. To build a thriving Church, we must combine the two. Speaking the truth in love creates an environment where growth and maturity can flourish.

VII. Avoiding Sin and Wrath (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Ephesians 4:26-27 warns against letting anger fester and lead to sin. Unresolved anger can damage the unity of the Church. As we build God's community, we must address conflicts promptly, seek reconciliation, and avoid giving a foothold to the enemy.

VIII. The Call to Kindness and Forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32)

Ephesians 4:32 calls us to be kind and forgiving, just as God in Christ forgave us. Kindness and forgiveness are the adhesive that holds the Church together. In a world often marked by bitterness and division, our acts of kindness and forgiveness stand as powerful testimonies to God's grace.

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Building the Church isn't the work of a select few; it's a collaborative effort rooted in unity, empowered by spiritual gifts, guided by ministerial roles, and leading to spiritual maturity. Each member has a crucial role in this divine construction project.

Let us embrace unity, discover and utilize our spiritual gifts, respect ministerial roles, and commit to growing in Christ's likeness. As we do, we will see God's Church flourish, and the world will witness His transforming power

Building the Church isn't just about physical structures; it's about constructing a community of transformed individuals who reflect God's truth, love, and forgiveness. As we renew our minds, speak the truth in love, address conflicts, and extend kindness and forgiveness, we actively participate in building a Church that stands as a beacon of hope in a broken world.

Let us commit to this sacred task, knowing that, through Christ, we are empowered to be a Church that exemplifies unity, love, and grace.

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