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Ephesians 4

Rev. Todd D. Cullen
May 21, 2017

Ephesians Purpose
To strengthen the church (Christ-follower) through unifying beliefs and practices.

Ephesians 3:20-21, 4:1

Amen & Therefore
Ephesians 1-3 is about who we ARE in Christ.
“Amen”
“Therefore”
Ephesians 4-6 is about what we DO for Christ.

What the world says
What you DO determines who you ARE.
Accomplishment
Determines
Identity

What God says
Who you ARE determines what you DO.
Identity
Determines
Accomplishment


Ephesians 4:1-16

The importance of HOW
Ephesians 4:1

Walk
In A Manner
Worthy
Calling

HOW we accomplish our mission (practice)
is as important as WHAT that mission is (purpose).

Unity in the Church
Ephesians 4:4-6
Unity in purpose is the highest mark of a strong church.

Unity in WHAT we do - Mission & Purpose
Unity in HOW we do it - Method & Practice


Three Keys to Church Unity
1 - Be liberal with “new” Christ-like qualities. (Ephesians 4:1-2; 17-32)

The “old” way
Persuaded by culture
Controlled by lust, greed and immorality
Manipulate the truth to get our way
Lash out in anger
Steal from others for personal gain
Leverage words to harm others and help ourselves
Operate with bitterness, rage, slander, harshness and evil

The “new” way
Operate with gentleness, humility and love
Sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading
Submissive to the Holy Spirit direction
Truthful but not angry
Hard Work
Generosity
Leverage words that encourage, build up and help others
Operate with kindness, tenderness and forgiveness

What qualities mark my life and how I treat people?

2 - Be relentless in pursuing church unity. (Ephesians 4:3)

Am I generally contributing to unity or discord at HHICC?

3 - Be strategic in service. (Ephesians 4:7-13)

Have I found my SHAPE and am I serving under the authority of HHICC?

HHICC Staff - Administrators
HHICC Members - Ministers

Ephesians 4:14-16


Bottom Line
A relentless commitment to church unity
produces mature members,
contributing to a strong purpose
with healthy results.

 

 
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