Scripture Focus- Ephesians 4:11-16
Pastor/Teachers>Equipping the Saints v12= Making someone adequate or sufficient for in accordance with how God has gifted them.
To Build up= Adding to number/growth. Leaders equip, saints engage> collective effort
Three goals of being equipped together in the faith:
Unity In The Faith (Doctrine)
V13a Until=the process continues until the end is achieved. v3 God-given, v13 something we move toward; agreement in Spirit and a constant care to protect.
The faith is the body of Christian truth, the fullness of the Gospel, and what we believe brings us together. Disunity can come from doctrinal ignorance.
Philippians 3:8-10, 12 Believe- Live- Proclaim
Maturity In Christ (Development)
V13b Growing= Birth, Growth, Maturity
Spiritual maturity is to be completely developed for a designed purpose.
Christ is the measure- Romans 8:29; 1 John 2:6 – Holiness, Submitted to the Will of the Father, Eternal Perspective
Protection From Error (Devotion)
V14 No longer little children, tossed by the waves, blown around by every wind of teaching
Children are vulnerable, naïve, lack self-control
Human cunning- dishonesty Cleverness- manipulation
Ephesians 6 Armor of God
16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.