EPHESIANS: Your Grace-Gift Assignment
Your Grace-Gift Assignment
C.I.T.—A life worthy means a life maturing.
C.I.S.—We must take responsibility to grow and mature.
Purpose—I want our people to see that we have a responsibility to mature and disciple ourselves and our families.
Introduction—Life worthy—unity—but—unity through diversity
- Embrace your grace-gift. Vs. 7-10
- Context of Ephesians 3—grace given to Paul was His apostleship.
- This grace refers to an assignment or an appointment from God for ministry.
- Given to each one of us
- To give or to appoint
- refers to all Christians
- Aorist—refers to a common experience
- Upon our salvation, we received this grace-gift
- According to the measure
- Christ is the one who determines what grace we receive
- This is according to His plan for us individually and the kingdom collectively.
- Ascended on high
- Jesus as a conquering General both receiving and giving the spoils of war.
- This giving was intended to be a blessing.
- —Designer suit—tailor made for you.
- This assignment comes with charismata, special gifts—Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12
- This grace-gift assignment matches your personal talents and passions.
- Only you can fill it, so embrace this tailor made assignment.
- Encourage your grace-gift. Vs. 11-12
- He grace-gifted certain people as apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor/teachers
- Equip the saints
- Saints refers to saved people who have received a grace-gift
- Equipping means to outfit someone for battle or to restore something/someone back to fitness
- —Outfitting a new duck hunter
- The way to encourage is to submit to the ministry of equipping ministers.
- Pastor, ministers, teachers, etc.
- The ministries of the church can help equip you, but if you don’t take responsibility to develop, you never will.
- Exercise your grace-gift. Vs. 12
- You are equipped to work in the context of your grace-gift.
- Work refers to labor, sweating
- Ministry—diakonos—deacon/table servant
- —Time to go hunting, and the new duck hunter stays in bed
- All of that discipleship and equipping is for not if you don’t put it to work.
- We have been given a job, so do it!
- Embracing, encouraging, and exercising your grace-gift assignment will lead to spiritual maturity, doctrinal integrity, and spiritual growth. Vs. 13-16
- This is only as the diverse parts are working in unity.
- How do we do this? Connect-Grow-Serve