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Ephesians: The Unified Walk

June 11, 2017

 A Study through the Book of Ephesians: “Walking as Children of the One True King”

Duty: Walking As Responsible Followers of Christ – The Unified Walk.

(Ephesians 4:1-16)

 Too often, Christians stink up the church by how they treat each other.  And the world looks at that and says, “That’s not love!  And if these are God’s people and that’s how they treat each other then I don’t want their God or to be a part of their Church.

It was with these thoughts in mind that the Apostle Paul now transitions into the “How” of the Christian walk. 

 Paul knew that the only way the church would be effective in its call, was for the Christians that make up the church body to be of ONE mind, ONE heart, ONE soul, with ONE determination—a determination to see the Kingdom of God advanced and the Church of God strengthened—unified for His mission and His purpose.

 Today as we continue our study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we will see what it will take to live out “The Unified Walk”.

“The Unified Walk” is marked by spiritual unity. (Ephesians 4:1-6)

We’re united by divine calling. (Ephesians 1:3; 2:10; 4:1)

We’re united by Christ-like conduct. (Ephesians 4:2-3; 1 Peter 4:8)

We are united by Gospel confession. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

“The Unified Walk” is marked by spiritual diversity. (Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Corinthians 12:17:18)

We have diverse gifts. (Ephesians 4:7-10)

We have diverse responsibilities. (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:19-26)

“The Unified Walk” is marked by spiritual maturity.  (Ephesians 4:13-16)

Maturity comes when we decide to be obedient to God and His Word.

 Maturity involves conforming to Christ.  (Ephesians 4:13-15)

Maturity involves contributing to the Church.  (Ephesians 4:16)

God calls us to love each other so much that when one of us stumbles and falls…we all turn back to help them up.  And we link arms and walk together toward the gates of heaven. 

And when we do that—all of heaven stands and cheers for what seems like forever.

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