(1Cor 15:58). Sep 17, 1995. So must be His Church.2. AS THE BODY OF CHRIST, IT MUST CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES AND WILL OF CHRIST.1. Diakonia is not the activity of a lesser to a greater, but is the lifestyle of a follower of the Lord Jesus. I. When one looks at the sermon series of great preachers of past ages such as Spurgeon and Maclaren, it is amazing how many sermons they preached from the Old Testament. So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ. Compassionate and merciful? If this is an important truth for the temporal, physical body, how much more important is it for the eternal, spiritual body! FOR THE EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF SERVICE: pros ton katartismon ton hagion eis ergon diakonias: Equipping of the saints - KJV has "perfecting of the saints" which conveys the wrong idea, for the purpose of Christs gifts ("gifted men") to the Church is not to make saints sinlessly perfect but is to completely outfit them for service or as Paul describes to make them... a vessel for honor, sanctified (set aside), useful (easy to make use of) to the Master, prepared (carries idea of willingness and eagerness as well as of readiness) for every good (God) work. Ephesians 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (NASB: Lockman). Perhaps the nearest modern equivalent is "to shape up." Wouldn’t that make church the most boring place you have ever been in your life? The Church must be an active body.4. Spiritual and holy? 4:6), not lack of programs and methods, that destroy His people. (Acts 20:24), Martha is an example of service of a menial nature but without the proper attitude, Luke recording that, "Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving (diakonia) alone? The command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature is a command given to all the disciples of Jesus Christ, and the exhortation to teach and admonish one another is intended for all Christian people everywhere. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:10). Browse Sermons on Ephesians 1:3-14. Chicago: Moody Press, Brown, Colin, Editor. 7. This same phrase is found in Ro 7:4 and 1Co 10:16. 4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. So must be His Church. A Sermon on Ephesians 4:12-16 by Coty Pinckney, Community Bible Church, Williamstown, MA, 10/5/97 . God’s people collectively are envisioned as en route to this vital destination. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. This is the picture we are to dream and pray into reality. By our Lord's own testimony (using the verb diakoneo)... "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Somehow, the church lost sight of the concept, so clearly stated in Ephesians 4, that all Christians are "in the ministry." When you are equipped as saints, when the gifted members of the body are taught by the gifted men given to the body, and the body is equipped for the work of the ministry, you can know when you have reached the goal of all of that equipping. 7. To equip the saints to do so is the responsibility of the church’s leaders. Was Christ meek and lowly? The only way this ever happens is through is best called spiritual maturity. (1 Corinthians 5:1, etc.). Most of the NT uses of oikodome are metaphorical or figurative, obviously an architectural metaphor. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–6. So that the work of the ministry is not the work of the gifted man; he’s simply to equip them from the word of God. The scriptural concept that every believer is a priest before God was gradually lost, and a special class of super-Christians emerged who were looked to for practically everything, and who came to be called the "ministry." Register! (1John 3:2) For this we were created, redeemed, and sanctified, that we should be conformed to the image of God's Son, that He might be the First Born among many brethren (see note Romans 8:29). Turn with me again to Ephesians chapter 4 where we will pick up our study again in verse 12. Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. Seven Identifying Characteristics of the Church (Ephesians 4:4-6) a. As the church at Corinth so clearly illustrates, disunity in the church comes from doctrinal ignorance and spiritual immaturity. Service (1248) (diakonia [word study]) means the rendering or assistance or help by performing certain duties, often of a humble or menial nature, including such mundane activities as waiting on tables or caring for household needs—activities that in men's eyes (but not God's!) In fact, the manmade gods were as sinful and degraded as the men who made them! These gifts are meant to be used for the building of His church. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! The following day read the same passage again and one of Calvin’s sermons … )LinksEphesians 4:12 NIVEphesians 4:12 NLTEphesians 4:12 ESVEphesians 4:12 NASBEphesians 4:12 KJVEphesians 4:12 Bible AppsEphesians 4:12 ParallelEphesians 4:12 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 4:12 Chinese BibleEphesians 4:12 French BibleEphesians 4:12 German BibleEphesians 4:12 CommentariesBible Hub, II.IT IS A LIVING BODY.III.AS THE BODY — THE CHURCH JUST EXHIBIT CHRIST'S MIND AND CHARACTER.The body of flesh Christ had was under the control and hallowed influence of the Holy Spirit. It is lack of knowledge of God’s Word and obedience to it (Hos. Paul's use in the context of the body, the church, pictures the complete furnishing of the believer so that he/her might be made ready to fulfill his/her purpose in the body of Christ where he/she had been placed by God's Spirit. Now that blends." with all her preparations (Lk 10:40, 41) and missed the good part (Lk 10:42) of sitting at the Lord's feet (Lk 10:39, 42 = she was also "worried and bothered"). Notes. Katantao - 13x in 13v - Acts 16:1; 18:19, 24; 20:15; 21:7; 25:13; 26:7; 27:12; 28:13; 1 Cor 10:11; 14:36; Eph 4:13; Phil 3:11. He does not say that he gives us administrators, that the body of Christ may be built up. We are different. T.C. What Does Ephesians 4:13 Mean? The modern man, woman, and child can not and will not wait for desires to be met. If pastors and teachers ignore the Word, God's divinely-provided instrument of equipping, then they should not be surprised if the saints in their charge are ill-equipped for--and ineffective in--the work of the ministry. (NLT, see note Ephesians 1:23). Vine says the related verb epiginosko suggests in general a directed or more special, recognition of the object known than does the simple verb ginosko. ("In Nehemiah 8 we discover that apparently the congregation stood on their feet from morning until noon, for seven days, as the Scriptures were read and expounded compare Neh8:3,7,8,18. 1. It must be a heavenly body.It is of heavenly formation. Teleios signifies consummate soundness, includes the idea of being whole. So must be His Church.The mind, and spirit, and life of Christ, must be reflected by the Church, the body of Christ.IV. The Church must be a liberal and benevolent body.5. (1Co16:13). Basically katartismos refers to that which has been restored to its original condition, is being made fit or being made complete. "it is reported commonly that there is fornication among you," etc. II. Artios (katartismos) for example means suitable, appropriate, fitting a situation or requirements; hence also respectively, normal, perfect, sound in physical, intellectual, moral and religious respects. THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY IN MINISTRY OF THE WORD, consists —1. Diakonia is modeled on the pattern and command of the Savior and represents the practical outworking of God’s love, especially toward fellow believers. Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV) 11 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians Chapter 3. (Ps 1:2,3-note, Josh 1:8-note). Peter explained that every genuine believer is also a living stone writing to the saints explaining... you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The Church must be an active body.4. A superior would not stoop to become a servant! (Ephesians 4:12, 13, 16). Wayne Barber has an interesting illustration of unity in the face of diversity in the realm of spiritual gifts, "Remember in Ephesians 2 we are told we are of God’s household and also His Temple. are without apparent dignity. Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. For the first three chapters, he praises God for our redemption through the shed blood of Christ. 3. "Building the Body". Mature (5046) (teleios [word study] from telos = an end, a purpose, an aim, a goal) means complete, mature, fully developed, full grown, brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, in good working order. )LinksEphesians 4:12 NIVEphesians 4:12 NLTEphesians 4:12 ESVEphesians 4:12 NASBEphesians 4:12 KJVEphesians 4:12 Bible AppsEphesians 4:12 ParallelEphesians 4:12 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 4:12 Chinese BibleEphesians 4:12 French BibleEphesians 4:12 German BibleEphesians 4:12 CommentariesBible Hub, III.AS THE BODY — THE CHURCH JUST EXHIBIT CHRIST'S MIND AND CHARACTER.The body of flesh Christ had was under the control and hallowed influence of the Holy Spirit. To the unity of the faith - oneness is reached when one body of doctrinal truth ("the faith") is adhered to, and is lived out in the body by grace through faith (believing). The worshipper of the pagan god acquired the character of their pagan god and the religious ceremonies connected with their base (anything but "holy") worship. We can no longer defend our ivy-clad traditions which leave no room for the original, power-packed New Testament strategy. Greek: pros ton katartismon ton hagion ei s ergon diakonias, ei s oikodomen tou somatos tou Ch ristou,. c. John 14:6. d. Acts 4:12. Judaism had no philosophy of ministry involving diakonia. Everyone is a minister in the body of Christ. Sermons on Ephesians 4:11-13: showing 1-15 of 560 Filter Results Sort By. Don't have an account? Soon Christianity became little more than a Sunday-morning spectator sport, much like the definition of football: twenty-two men down on the field, desperately in need of rest, and twenty thousand in the grandstands, desperately in need of exercise! Even though our gifts are different, we are still preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Burns, D. D.)The Church Christ's bodyH. You want to be a whole person, a complete human being. So must be His Church.3. We are to give a good, clear-cut, intelligent witness to the world. Without it, Christ would not be complete (Ephesians 1:23; Hebrews 2:13).II. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. There is no place in this world more exciting to be than a church that operates as God designed it to! We do not choose the gift or earn the gift. 1:10). Christ, as its Head, has the preeminence, etc. This unbiblical distortion has placed pastors under an unbearable burden. Compassionate and merciful? 2. Teleios - 19x in 17v - Matt 5:48; 19:21; Rom 12:2; 1 Cor 2:6; 13:10; 14:20; Eph 4:13; Phil 3:15; Col 1:28; 4:12; Heb 5:14; 9:11; Jas 1:4, 17, 25; 3:2; 1 John 4:18. Teleios does not imply complete knowledge but a certain spiritual maturity in the faith. Don't have an account? Secular Greek also used it to refer to the furnishing a house. 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