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Ephesians 4 - NIV

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

8 This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c] ?

10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

12 to equip his 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.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Instructions for Christian Living


a. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm?68:18
b. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
c. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth

Sermons on Ephesians 4 More sermons: Ephesians 4

Ken Henson avatar
Gifts to Serve the Church
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: Evangelists, Prophets, Apostles, and Pastor/Teachers are not exactly authority figures. They are trainers. Good trainers have to be able to set an example. And these trainers are trainers in service.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 54
Ken Henson avatar
Legal Tender, or Counterfeit?
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: We need to get as familiar as possible with the real God of the Bible. Then we'll find it easy to recognize the counterfeits.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-16
Denomination: *other
Views: 59
Ken Henson avatar
True Freedom
Shared by: Ken Henson on Sep, 2016
Summary: What Paul describes here definitely applies to us. Jesus has taken many captives, literally, He lead captivity captive.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-9
Denomination: *other
Views: 37
David Owens avatar
A Commitment to Grow
Shared by: David Owens on Sep, 2016
Summary: God desires that every Christian grow to maturity in Christ. Three areas that we often need to grow in are worship, witness and work.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16
Views: 1,775
Mario Bruni D. D.. avatar
Pastors - Their Biblical Calling
Shared by: Mario Bruni D. D.. on Jul, 2016
Summary: Let us now examine the most Biblically undefined office, the Pastor. This office over many years of church history has been run down, despised, overlooked, traditionalized, glorified, idolized, and even cherished, but always misunderstood.
Charles La Porte avatar
Stewarding the Call
Shared by: Charles La Porte on Jun, 2016
Summary: Today I want to continue with Elected – Called and Gifted and we will learn what we need to do to Steward the calling that God has for us.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 107
Mark Aarssen avatar
The Sum of Our Parts
Shared by: Mark Aarssen on Jun, 2016
Summary: Are there people missing from your church? Did they stop going? Where are they now? Why did they leave? How can we get them to come back to be a part of the family of God? Start by loving them just as they are. We are better together.
Series: Believe
Rick Burdette avatar
Every Member a Minister
Shared by: Rick Burdette on May, 2016
Summary: Unity, Service, The Body of Christ, Growth
Series: An I Exam
Joel Sumagaysay avatar
Building together in Love.
Shared by: Joel Sumagaysay on Mar, 2016
Summary: This is the sermon I preached during 10th Church Anniversary in Dubai, UAE.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 279
Chuck Brooks avatar
The Body of Christ – Part III
Shared by: Chuck Brooks on Mar, 2016
Summary: As we unpack Ephesians chapter four, verses 7 through 12, we are going to answer some very important questions about Christ’s gifts to the church:
Stephen Belokur avatar
A Unified Church
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Feb, 2016
Summary: What is the source and power of a unified church? The Bible gives us a beautiful explanation in Ephesians. All eyes focused on Jesus!
Paul Barreca avatar
Connecting with Others
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jan, 2016
Summary: In order to fulfill Christ's command to share the gospel and build disciples, Christians must be connected with one another.
Series: Connecting
Larry White avatar
The Church, You, Me & God’s Operational Design Ephesians 4:11-15
Shared by: Larry White on Jan, 2016
Summary: The Church Order and Operation.
Stephen Brown avatar
Why be a member?
Shared by: Stephen Brown on Jan, 2016
Summary: There are many opinions about "church membership", but what does Scripture say? If we are to grow in spiritual maturity, we must be connected in a local body of believers.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 602
Mark Mitchell avatar
Characteristics of a Healthy Church Matthew 3
Shared by: Mark Mitchell on Dec, 2015
Summary: Churches Need to be Spiritually Healthy
Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 267
Mark Opperman avatar
Every Member a Minister
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Nov, 2015
Summary: When pastors do what they must do, and people do what they are called to do, according to verses 12-16, our gifts lead to growth in at least six ways as we work as a team.
Pat Damiani avatar
By Participating the Discipleship of My Church
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Oct, 2015
Summary: Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were I.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:6-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 236
Pat Damiani avatar
By Participating in the Ministry of My Church
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Oct, 2015
Summary: Jesus’ design for His church is that…every member is a minister.
Rajendra Kadia avatar
To Gether We Can
Shared by: Rajendra Kadia on Oct, 2015
Summary: Ordination Anniversary Sermon on the unity in the Body of Christ
Ron Freeman, Evangelist avatar
Divine Work of the Ministry
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Sep, 2015
Summary: To establish that all gifts given to the church are given to achieve unity in accomplishing the “divine work of the ministry.” This lesson deals with the importance of the work of Christ in evangelism and edification.
Paul Basehore avatar
What do calls look like?
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2015
Summary: Your professional calling is how you make a living for yourself; your spiritual calling is how you make a life for another
Series: Calling
Andrew Moffatt avatar
Did Jesus really feed 5000?
Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Aug, 2015
Summary: Within the descriptions of the feeding of the 5000, there are a few key learnings for the church, Jesus didn't feed them he multiplied the food, but the task was the disciples, the task was their's as it is ours.
Series: OWSOMS 2015
Gerald Roberts avatar
"Be Church"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Aug, 2015
Summary: Paul share in the text some things that will help us be church for example live with integrity, be one, be with humility, be patient, bear with one another, and speak truth in love.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 232
Clair Sauer avatar
A Life Worthy
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Jul, 2015
Summary: We are urged to live a life worthy of our calling, which means above all else seeking unity in and building up the body of Christ. Unity is especially important in our community in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,230
Bruce Lee avatar
Healthy Puzzle Pieces
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Jun, 2015
Summary: Unity. We used a picture of the church. Took it to a local business and had them make it into a puzzle. We numbered each piece on the back. Made a map of the puzzle. Gave each guest a puzzle piece. At the invitation had them put the puzzle together.
Eric Hanson avatar
Equipping God's People
Shared by: Eric Hanson on Jun, 2015
Summary: In Ephesians 4, we learn of God's plan to equip his people for ministry through people who are called and equipped to do this wonderful task.
Matthew Kratz avatar
The Body of Christ
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on Jun, 2015
Summary: 1) Progression (Ephesians 4:12), 2) Purpose (Ephesians 4:13–15), and the 3) Power (Ephesians 4:16) of God’s divine pattern for the building and function of His church.
Matthew Kratz avatar
Gifts from the Lord
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on May, 2015
Summary: 1) Every believer has been individually gifted (Eph. 4:7); 2) Christ obtained the right to give gifts(Eph. 4:8-10); and 3) the Lord blesses the whole church (Eph.4:11)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 230
Greg Gordon avatar
Speaking the Truth in Love
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. - Ephesians 4:15 Strong-speaking, rebukes, corrections seem the easiest way to handle things in life. If someone d ..