Sermon | Week 5
SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV)
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 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, (Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV)
In the Western Meadows Values Series, we have been studying the primary values that we hold as a church. We began with the Great Commission, Jesus’ final command for His disciples to continue making disciples. The great purpose and mission of each Christian and church is, therefore, to make disciples, and we do so because by making more disciples of Jesus we continue to fill the earth with Christ’s image and glory.
Like the Christian walk, making disciples happens on two fronts: individually and corporately. As individuals, we live our lives as a witness for Christ, proclaim His gospel to nonbelievers, and teach other Christians to obey all that He has commanded us. Corporately, we make disciples by devoting ourselves to Scripture (by faithfully preaching and hearing them), prayer (specifically praying for boldness to proclaim the gospel), and community (by loving one another as Christ has loved us).
Having now studied our values, we will finish by spending two weeks in Ephesians 4 where Paul provides a wonderful glimpse at what healthy churches and church members look like. In the first sixteen verses, Paul gives to us a description of a healthy church, noting that it will be a church of diverse members united and growing one another into the maturity of Christ.
Read verses 1-6 and discuss the following.
- Why does Paul emphasize the importance of unity within the church? What might a united church look like? What might a divided church look like?
Read verses 7-13 and discuss the following.
- What is the main purpose of leadership within the church? What are some common gifts found within churches? How does the diversity of gifts benefit the church?
Read verses 13-16 and discuss the following.
- What are some characteristics of Christian maturity? Which characteristic is most convicting? Why?
Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions.
- What has God taught you through this text (about Himself, sin, humanity, etc.)?
- What sin has God convicted or reproved you of through this text?
- How has God corrected you (i.e. your theology, thinking, lifestyle, etc.) through this text?
- Pray through the text, asking God to train you toward righteousness by conforming you to His Word.