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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three

WALKING IN UNITY   Ephesians 4:11-16             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** What a tremendous privilege it is for us to be living our Christian lives each day by "Walking in Grace". It is my prayer that our study together last week encouraged you to use your spiritual gift. How many Christians have not received a spiritual gift by God's grace?

None! God's grace has given "Christ's gift" to "each one of us" according to verse seven of chapter four in Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

** If we are truly "Walking in Grace" each day, how will we "employ" our spiritual gift according to Peter?

In serving one another. cf. 1Peter 4:10

** Did any of you have an opportunity to serve the body of Christ this past week?

That question is somewhat rhetorical, in that every one of us should be serving the body of Christ through the effectual use of our spiritual gift. Hopefully we all are using our spiritual giftedness for the glory of the Lord.

MOTIVATE

** If all believers were to diligently put their gift to work, what would be the overall impact upon the body of Christ? In Ephesians 4:11-16 Paul is going to show us that if we are "Walking in Unity" there will be six results which work together for the building up of the body. Let's enjoy this passage together.

Read Passage (V.11-13) (V.14-16)

Opening Prayer

Walking in Unity

INVESTIGATE

V.11 ** As he opens our passage for today, the apostle shifts from the broad category of Jesus giving "gifts to men" in verse eight, to a list of four specific categories of gifted men that the Lord has given to His church. What are they?

1) apostles, 2) prophets, 3) evangelists and 4) pastors and teachers (or teaching shepherds).

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