The Sunday morning lesson from August 11, 2019.
Blessings In The Body (Ephesians 4:11-16)Phillip Stuckey, August 11, 2019
Part of the Church 101 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Being a part of a local church is a part of God’s plan and purpose for every person who has been born again (Acts 2:42-47; 9:26-30; 13:1-3; 14:25-28). It is a relationship with the Lord and others, and it is pictured in scripture as a body, a temple, and a family with every member contributing to the common good of all (1 Cor. 12:25-26; John 13:34-35). Membership in a local church is like marriage, there are obligations – assembling together, promoting growth, unity, holiness, and mutual submission. But also, like a marriage, there are benefits that come from fulfilling our obligations. What are some of the blessings that come from being a part of the body in a local church?
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Ephesians 4:11–16 (Listen)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 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, 14 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. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.