Ephesians 4:4-12

Sunday, October 30,
2016

Stephen Caldwell

Ephesians 4:4-12

v4-6

  1. We all are
    united under the “list of ones” that Paul gives us.

  2. Despite the
    differences in all of our lives we are united in these “ones.”

v7-8

  1. Our gifts are
    not dependent on our worthiness, but rather His grace.

v11-12

  1. The gifts are
    given to build Christ’s Church – so that it’s members will be
    fully equipped to carry out God’s calling in their lives. We are
    all called to be ministers/servants.

  2. Evangelist –
    a church planter or missionary

  3. Pastor – A
    Shepard, Christ being the example of the perfect Shepard of the
    Church

  4. ref: 1 Peter 5
    – Serve willingly, serve eagerly; acting on the desires God has
    put in your heart.

Is your desire to
follow Christ in your own life?

Acts 1:6-9 – “Your mission.”

Sunday, October 1
2016

Stephen Caldwell

Acts 1:6-9 – “Your
mission.

v6 – Why are they
asking “at this time?”

  1. Jesus just rose
    from the dead.

  2. They want to
    know when is this Heaven on Earth they have heard about is going to
    happen?

v7 – Jesus wants
them to keep their focus.

  1. His business vs
    our business.

v8 – What they are
(you are) to focus on.

  1. “But ye” –
    contrasts the things of God vs the things they (you)
    are to be concerned with.

  2. Distractions to
    our focus: Posessions, Politics, Hobbies, Jobs, Families, etc..

  3. Your
    (singular, personal) priority is to go into all the world and spread
    the Gospel.

  4. There is no
    exemption from this command for those who are saved.

  5. You receive the
    power through the Holy Ghost … God goes with you wherever you are.

v9 – They have a
mission yet to accomplish

  1. This is the
    reason He is ascending and they are left standing.

Our mission field is
wherever we are. Start at home, then to work and then to all the
world.

The responsibility
doesn’t lie on the shoulders of Christianity in general, but the
Christian in person.

Why stand ye looking
up into Heaven?