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Jun 25, 2012

Treasuring Christ:  Engaging In Ministry

Ephesians 4:11-16


Truth Statement:  I treasure Christ when I engage in expressing the fullness of Christ by ministering to the body of Christ for the fame and renown of Christ.  


·         The church is to be the expression of the fullness of Christ.

o   Sacrificial love (Hebrews 10:10-14)

o   Compassion

o   Grace

o   Reconciliation/Unity

o   Power of His Spirit


·         As we do, we proclaim the fame and renown of Christ to the nations.


Ministry is the Expression . . .


Every Christ-follower should be equipped for ministry and engaged in ministry for the purpose of edifying the church so that the nations might be reached.  (Ephesians 4:11-16)


·         What explicitly resonates in Ephesians 4:11-16 is what we should expressly live out as the body of Christ.


Expressly Lived Out . . .


1.      The responsibility of leadership is to equip the saints. (Ephesians 4:11-12)


2.      The responsibility of the saints is to do the work of ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-12)


3.      The purpose of ministry is for the building up of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)


4.      The goal off ministry in the church is to become spiritually mature believers who experience and express the fullness of Christ.

·         Unity of the faith

·         Knowledge of the Son of God

·         Speaking truth in love

·         Spiritual growth

·         Expressive of His love


Two Observations . . .

·         The body of Christ is loosely connected when its members are ill equipped.

·         Equipped saints, working properly, results in a growing, Christ-exalting, and Christ-reflecting church.


My Response . . .