August 28 – What’s Important Right Now – Week 2

Ephesians 4:1-6


Introduction:


This morning is part two of this mini-series I’ve entitled, “What’s Important Right Now?”

With so many responsibilities and opportunities, what it really important right now?

Paul’s writing presumes that conversion to Christ leads to moral renewal.

In chapter 1:15, Paul addresses his letter to “saints,” (


hagios


– holy ones). “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,” (NKJ)

Part of Paul’s teaching in Ephesians and two things that must be remembered about who we are as ‘


the Elect’


(Christians):


1 Peter 2:9




“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”


(NKJ)

* Royal priesthood


TTransition


: So in light of who/whom we are we are to


tapeinophrosune


{tap-i-nof-ros-oo’-nay}


Meaning: 


1) the having a humble opinion of one’s self 2) a deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness 3) modesty, humility, lowliness of mind


praotes


{prah-ot’-ace}


Meaning: 


1) gentleness, mildness, meekness

(


anecho


)


Meaning:


to hold up, bear with


Colossians 3:13




“bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”


(NKJ)

(


NLT


)


“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”



Philippians 2:4




“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”


(NKJ)


Transition


: For the Purpose of Point #2, Keeping (the) Unity


“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”


John Piper writes that


“Christian unity in the NT gets its goodness from a combination of its sources, its views, its affections and its aim.”



Source


– ‘Unity of the Spirit’ – I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is the great giver of unity.

So we do our best not to ‘


grieve’


or ‘


quench’


the Holy Spirit as the Bible says but rather be ‘


filled’


and ‘


led’


!

So ‘Grieve’ and ‘Quench’ not good; ‘Filled’ and ‘led’ essential!


Views


– Paul says that pastors and teachers are to equip the saints “until we all attain to the 


unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God


” (

Ephesians 4:13

).

In other words, the unity we pursue is unity in the truth. Of course, Christian unity is more than shared truth, but not less.

Paul piles up the words for common-mindedness in 

Philippians 2:2

, “Complete my joy by being of the


same mind


, having the same love, being in 


full accord


 and of 


one mind


” (see also 

Philippians 4:2

).

Everything is to “accord with Christ.” “May God . . . grant you to live in harmony with one another, 


in accord with Christ Jesus


” (

Romans 15:5

).


Affections


– To be sure, unifying love in the body of Christ includes a rugged commitment to do good for the family of God whether you feel like it or not (

Galatians 6:10

).  


“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”


(NKJ)

It includes affectionate love, not just sacrifice for those you don’t like. It is a feeling of endearment.


Aims –


Spirit-rooted, Christ-manifesting, truth-cherishing, humbly-loving unity is designed by God to have at least two aims:

(a)   a witness to the world,

(b)  an acclamation of the glory of God.

The apostle John makes the first of these most clear.


“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”


(

John 13:34–35

).


Question


: What is meant by ‘bond of peace?’


sundesmos


{soon’-des-mos}


Meaning: 


1) that which binds together, a band, bond 1a) of ligaments by which the members of the human body are united together 2) that which is bound together, a bundle


Question


: Why? Why Walk worthy and why keep the unity?

One God and Father of all


Conclusion


– So what is important right now? So far we have covered 6!

From Week One: Ephesian 5:1-8

From Week Two: Ephesians 4:1-6

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

1

Living New Life

Colossians 3:1-17 Introduction: We left off Chapter 2 of Colossians by verse 8, Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers1 of this world, rather than from Christ; (NLT) and 2:16, So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or…

false

Danger of Deception

Colossians 2:6-23 Introduction: Translations use words They are described as vain, empty, hollow, high-sounding, nonsense (NLT) Theosophy = any of a number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through: One of the challenges being taught by legalists (Jews) was that of the role of Circumcision. 1A. Role of Circumcision Part…

Supremecy-of-Christ-Col.-1080x648

Supremecy

Colossians 1:16-23 Introduction: Probably the greatest single theme of Colossians in the Supremacy of Christ! The supremacy of Christ is a doctrine surrounding the authority of Jesus and His God-nature. In the simplest of terms, to affirm the supremacy of Christ is to affirm that Jesus is God. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines supreme as “highest in…

WisdomvsKnowledge_1000x700_jpg_OHVUvmTo-790x310

Spiritual Wisdom and Spiritual Understanding

Colossians 1:9-14 NLT – ‘To give you complete knowledge’…. Knowledge – epignosis = precise and correct knowledge. Knowledge of things ethical and spiritual. Difference between ‘understanding’ and ‘wisdom.’ Understanding – comes from the Greek – epistemon which focuses on intellect and factual knowledge. Wisdom – Sophos – more related to the practical, real-life use of…

BTLA1

Back to Life Again

Introduction: The resurrection of Jesus. Following His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a number of appearances to his followers—no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture. Beginning on Resurrection Sunday, He “showed himself alive . . . by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3, KJV) and instructed His apostles and many other followers…

palm 24

Entrance Toward the Exit

Interrogative: What is Palm Sunday Fox NewsUSA TodayCNNBrittanica In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King. Transition: Just I end with addressing ‘how Jesus Came to us’ let me go through this ‘Holy Week’ after His triumphant entry. On Day 2 Monday – Jesus…

2

Great Commission – Part 2

Matthew 28:18, Romans 10:14 Introduction: Final Instructions – The Great Commission – Part 2 Week 1 The Decline in America of both professing to be Christians, the Un-churched, and the De-churched. Reasons for Leaving     Move To NEW COMMUNITY 25%     I HAD OTHER pRIORITIES FOR MY TIME AND MONEY 15% I DIDN’T…

2

Final Instructions – The Great Commission Part 1

Matthew 28:18 Introduction: I want to spend some time here in March to address some of Jesus’ ‘Final Instructions.’ (I took into consideration our business meeting where again I was reminded that probably our weakest link in in 5 Core Values is Evangelism. Proselytization – to try to persuade someone to change their religious or…

faithful

Found Faithful

1 Corinthians 4:2 Matthew 25:14-23 Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruit of Spirit = ‘Faithfulness’ Hebrews 10:23 ‘Let us hold fast the confession/profession of our hope/faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful’ (NKJ). NLT Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his…