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Summary: This is study in Ephesians about the importance of the spiritual gifts.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.

Title: Why gifts?

Theme: To show the importance of the gifts in the church.

Text: Eph 4:7-17

7 But unto every one of us is given grace

God gives every one his own part and value, his place and responsibility, his opportunity and duty. There is not a one person as a child of God who should stand idle.

Pr 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

God gives gifts. They are given as a part of the body. All are equal and should not be despised. There are given according to Christ. He is the head he administers the gifts and organizes.

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. {captivity...: or, a multitude of captives}

Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. {for men: Heb. in the man} (Psalms 68:18 AV)

He received the gifts. Came among us and the gives them out by the Holy Spirit.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Christ ascended and he descended

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) {fill: or, fulfill}

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Apostles:

As the original apostles there was one major requirement to be one. They had to have seen Christ. The other requirement was to be commissioned by him. This was noticed when the disciples had to chose a new disciple they said they had to have seen Jesus.

Application: We all have seen Jesus. We all should all have a testimony of see Christ.

Prophets:

Foretellers and forth tellers. Received a message from God and give it to man. Under the power of the Holy Spirit. They have a part of maybe looking for Gods direction.

Application: We all should be close enough to search for God's direction. We should be close enough to know him and to either agree or speak for his direction.

Evangelists:

Missionaries who preached the gospel to the unconverted, mainly in new areas. Acts 21:8

Application: We all have the call to be a witness and preach the gospel to the lost.

Pastors and teachers:

Usually together. One who is a shepherd in leading and teaching.

Application: We all have people that we shepherd or lead. We

12 1) For the perfecting of the saints, 2) for the work of the ministry, 3) for the edifying of the body of Christ:

What is the purpose of the gifts? "for the perfecting of the saints", probably in the growth of the Lord personally but also in the ministry growth of the Lord. To have a ministry that is perfect in the Lord. Will this happen? good question, but Christ said this is the purpose.

Also for the "work of the ministry" Not just to perfect the people but the work as said earlier.


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