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Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Ephesians 4:1-3 - “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 4:7-10 - “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, ‘When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.’ (In saying, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”

Psalm 68:18 - “You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.”

I Peter 4:10 - “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace...”

“We must keep in mind that the church in Ephesus was made up of ordinary people—including women, slaves, people of different races, class, and socioeconomic status.” (Alan Hirsch)

Ephesians 4:11-12 - “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...”

“Apostles in the generic sense are those sent to pioneer something new—for example, teachers who are called in to turn failing schools around, along with people who start movements of sorts, architect systems, or start entrepreneurial business ventures.” (Alan Hirsch)

“Evangelists are particularly gifted at enthusing others about what they stand for, and selling the significance of (it).” (Alan Hirsch)

“Pastors are those with a special concern for seeing and affirming what is human around us.” (Alan Hirsch)

“Teachers are those who are effective trainers and inspirers of learning. They are philosophers, thinkers, people who understand ideas.” (Alan Hirsch)

Ephesians 4:13-14 - “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, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

Leviticus 26:7-8 - “You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.”

Ministry Gifts Test

Q1: Notes

Begin your study time reading the third chapter of Ephesians.

Q2: What impacted you most about this message?

Q3: Have you experienced disunity in a church before? How did that make you feel about the church?

Q4: How important do you think it is for the church to be unified?

Q5: How do you think the church could improve in celebrating both diversity and unity?

Q6: Are there times when an issue is worth fighting for? How can you know when that time is?

Q7: Is there ever a time to break unity for integrity?

Q8: Do you know what spiritual gifts God has given you? ​Take some time to go around in your group and share what role (apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist, pastor) each person in your group would fall under.

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