Equipping and Edifying in Love (Ephesians 4:7-16)

Equipping and Edifying in Love Ephesians 4:7-16

Ephesians 4:7-16

I. The Gifts (Ephesians 4:7-10)

    A. Grace available to all
    B. Our conquering King gives gifts (cf. Psalm 68:18)
    C. For the Son of God to ascend, He first had to descend (John 1:1-2, 14)

II. Equipping the Saints (Ephesians 4:11-14)

    A. Miraculous (first century): apostles and prophets
    B. Non-miraculous (until the end of time): evangelists and teaching pastors
    C. For the work of ministry (2 Timothy 4:5) and edification (Romans 15:2; Ephesians 4:29)
    D. Grounding the church in the doctrine of Christ (“one faith” Ephesians 4:5; Jude 3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

III. The Growth and Edification of the Body (Ephesians 4:15-16)

    A. By speaking the truth in love (“agape”)
    B. By unity – “joined and knit together” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
    C. By the “effective working” of the whole body – “every part does its share”
    D. The key to all of this is love – “agape

Oaths and Revenge (Matthew 5:33-48)

Oaths and Revenge Matthew 5:33-48

Matthew 5:33-48

I. Oaths

    A. Old Law prohibited lying (Matthew 5:33; Exodus 20:13; Numbers 30:2; Leviticus 19:11-12)
    B. Warning against flippant oaths (Matthew 5:34-36)
    C. “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37)

II. Revenge

    A. Retaliation under the Old Law (Matthew 5:38; Leviticus 24:19-20)
    B. Rise above vengeance (Matthew 5:39-41; Romans 13:4; 12:19)
    C. Respond to genuine needs (Matthew 5:42; James 1:27; 2:14-17; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 25:35-45; Galatians 6:10)
    D. Love for enemies (Matthew 5:43-47; Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 25:21-22)
    E. Strive to be better, and to be more like God (Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:12-14)

One Baptism (Ephesians 4:5)

One Baptism Ephesians 4:4-6

Ephesians 4:5

I. Six different “baptisms” in the New Testament

    A. Baptism of John the Immerser (Mark 1:4-7; Acts 19:1-5)
    B. Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; Acts 2:1-4)
    C. Baptism of suffering (Luke 12:50; 22:44; Hebrews 5:7)
    D. Baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11; 25:41, 46)
    E. Baptism for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29)
    F. Baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

II. “There is one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5)

    A. Immersion (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12)
    B. Authorized by the Godhead (Matthew 28:19)
    C. For the purpose of the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16)
    D. For the purpose of salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
    E. Places one “in Christ” (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4)

Lamps Without Oil (Matthew 25:1-13)

Lamps Without Oil Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13

I. Wasted Preparation

    A. Ancient east wedding custom
    B. The foolish tried to get by with minimum effort and ran out of oil

II. Individual Responsibility

    A. Though we are a part of the body that Jesus will save (Ephesians 5:23), we must individually work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12-13)
    B. I must let my light shine (Matthew 5:14-16)
    C. The body is made up of individual members (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27)

III. Proper Preparation

    A. Do not deny the power of personal godliness (2 Timothy 3:5)
    B. Do not doubt the power of God to provide (Genesis 22:7; John 1:29)
    C. Do not rely on minimal effort

      1. In living (Ephesians 4:1; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Luke 6:27-31)
      2. In giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6)
      3. In forgiving (Luke 6:32-36)

One Hope, One Faith (Ephesians 4:4-6)

One Hope One Faith Ephesians 4:4-6

Ephesians 4:4-6

I. Hope

    A. Desire + Expectation (Romans 8:23-25; 1 John 3:2-3)
    B. The Scriptures provide hope (Romans 15:4; Ephesians 1:18)
    C. Hope motivates purity (1 John 3:3)
    D. Hope rests in Jesus (Colossians 1:27; 1 Timothy 1:1)

II. Faith

    A. The faith – not a personal, subjective belief; rather, the system of faith revealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:13; Galatians 1:23; 3:23-25)
    B. The Scriptures reveal the faith (Romans 10:17)
    C. Faith motivates obedience (Hebrews 11:6; James 2:14-26)
    D. Faith provides victory over the world (1 John 5:4-5)

Songs of Praise and Triumph (Isaiah 25)

Songs of Praise and Triumph Isaiah 25

Isaiah 25

I. Praise of God for the great things He has done (25:1-5)

    A. Yahweh/LORD/Jehovah – God’s faithfulness
    B. Elohim/God – Lordship/Almightiness
    C. Divine destruction causes glorification and fear
    D. Christ’s church offers strength and protection (Matthew 11:28-32)

II. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb; prophecy of the end of death (25:6-8)

    A. Symbolism of the “feast” (Luke 14:15-24; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13)
    B. Removing the veil (Ephesians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16)
    C. Assurance that death would cease
    D. Wipe away tears (Revelation 7:17; 21:4)

III. The ultimate triumph of God over all His enemies (25:9-12)

    A. Discouragement overcome by faithful focus
    B. Character of Moab (Genesis 19:30-38; Numbers 22:3-6; 25:1-2; Isaiah 16:6; Jeremiah 48:29-30; 48:27, 42; Amos 2:1; Zephaniah 2:8, 10)
    C. Motivation in promises and warnings

One Spirit, One Lord, One God and Father (Ephesians 4:4-6)

One Spirit One Lord One God and Father Ephesians 4:4-6

Ephesians 4:4-6

I. One Spirit

    A. Christians are sealed in the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
    B. The mystery of the church was revealed by the Spirit (Ephesians 3:5)
    C. The Spirit strengthens the Christian as we allow ourselves to be filled with His teaching (Ephesians 3:16; 5:18)

II. One Lord

    A. Thayer: “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding; master, lord”
    B. The Lord, Jesus Christ – 9 instances the terms are combined in Ephesians (1:2, 3, 15, 17; 3:11, 14; 5:20; 6:23-24)
    C. Jesus is Lord of all (John 13:13; Philippians 2:10-11)

III. One God and Father

    A. The Father of lights (James 1:17), of spirits (Hebrews 12:9), of mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3), of glory (Ephesians 1:17)
    B. The Father of Christians (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
    C. “Of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6; Acts 17:28-29)

One Body (Ephesians 4:4)

One Body Ephesians 4:4

Ephesians 4:4

I. “The body” in the Ephesian letter

    A. Ephesians 1:22-23
    B. Ephesians 2:14-16
    C. Ephesians 3:6
    D. Ephesians 4:4
    E. Ephesians 4:11-16
    F. Ephesians 5:23
    G. Ephesians 5:30

II. What is the importance of “the body”?

    A. Christ is the ____________________________ of the body (Eph. 5:23)
    B. How many bodies are there? __________________________ (Eph. 4:4)
    C. What is the body? __________________________ (Eph. 1:22-23)
    D. How many churches are there? _________________ (Matthew 16:16-18)
    E. Can one be saved outside the church? __________________________

III. How does one become a part of the “one body”?

    A. 1 Corinthians 12:13
    B. Is baptism essential to salvation? What saith the Scriptures? (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21)

Adultery (Matthew 5:27-32)

Sermon on the Mount Adultery Matthew 5:27-32

Matthew 5:27-32

I. The Old Testament (Matthew 5:27)

    A. Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:8-9)
    B. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14)
    C. The punishment (Deuteronomy 22:22; cf. John 8:3-11)

II. The root cause of adultery: lust (Matthew 5:28)

    A. “Jesus goes behind the act and legislates against the thoughts which precede the act” (Boles)
    B. We must control our desires and even our thoughts (2 Cor. 10:4-6)
    C. We must be careful not to be a stumbling block for others (Romans 14:13)

III. Avoid sin at all costs! (Matthew 5:29-30)

    A. The result of sin is devastating (Isaiah 59:2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
    B. We must not put ourselves in compromising situations (1 Corinthians 15:33; Genesis 39:12; 2 Timothy 2:22)

IV. Divorce (Matthew 5:31-32)

    A. What the Old Testament says (Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Malachi 2:16)
    B. What Jesus says (Matthew 19:4-9)
    C. God allows divorce and subsequent marriage only when the divorce is sought because of adultery (Matthew 19:9)

Walk Worthy (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Walk Worthy Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:1-3

I. If you are a Christian, walk like one! (Eph. 4:1)

    A. Your past life is no more (Eph. 2:2-3)
    B. The calling of a Christian (2 Thessalonians 2:14)

II. If you are a Christian, talk like one! (Eph. 4:2)

    A. Lowliness (Romans 12:16; Philippians 2:5-8; James 4:10)
    B. Gentleness (2 Timothy 2:24; James 1:21; 1 Peter 3:15)
    C. Longsuffering (Colossians 3:12)
    D. Forbearance in love (Colossians 3:13)

III. If you are a Christian, strive like one! (Eph. 4:3)

    A. Endeavoring, giving diligence, eagerness, making every effort to maintain unity and peace (2 Timothy 2:15)
    B. Our desire for unity and peace should match Jesus’ prayer (John 17:20-23) and Paul’s exhortation (1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 2:1-4)

But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)