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This is What Matters!. Ephesians 4:11-16. Neo Xenos IN 2030. Mr. & Mrs. Hudock. Mr & Mrs Adam Esterle. Doesn’t Matter. Pastor Tom. This Is ‘Church’ ?. “Sweet Thoughts ”. THIS Matters…. THIS Matters….

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This is What Matters!

Ephesians 4:11-16


NeoXenosIN2030

Mr. & Mrs. Hudock

Mr & Mrs Adam Esterle

Doesn’t Matter

Pastor Tom

This Is ‘Church’ ?

“Sweet Thoughts”


THIS Matters…


THIS Matters…

Hebrews 1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.


THIS Matters…

The Usurper: a fake

Eph. 4:8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captivesand gave gifts to his people.”

2 Timothy 2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will

Colossians 2:8 (NASB) See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Eph. 2:1 “the prince of the power of the air”


THIS Matters…

Eph. 4:8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captivesand gave gifts to his people.”

The Door is OPEN!


THIS Matters…

Eph. 4:8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives andgave gifts to his people.”

He climbed the high mountain, He captured the enemy and seized the booty, He handed it all out in gifts to the people. Ephesians 4:8


THIS Matters: Gifts

Acts 21:10-13 As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This is what the Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.' " Then Paul answered, “I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus!"

ἀπόστολος – a “sent one”

4:11 And He gave some asapostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

    • Rare, incompatible together

    • Operate in the F.E.B.A.

    • Adventurous, restless

    • Hard to keep up with…

    • A little dense (thick-skinned)


THIS Matters: Gifts

1 Corinthians 14:24 (NASB) But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;

προφήτης – an interpreter or “speaker” of God’s will

Acts 11:28 (NASB) One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world.

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some asprophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

    • A most-powerful gift

    • Can ask for it: more exist

    • Direction, correction, insight

    • Seem negative? Or urgent.

1 Corinthians 14:1 (NASB) Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.


THIS Matters: Gifts

προφήτης – an interpreter or “speaker” of God’s will

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some asprophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

    • A most-powerful gift

    • Can ask for it

    • Direction, correction, insight

    • Seem negative? Or urgent.


THIS Matters: Gifts

προφήτης – an interpreter or “speaker” of God’s will

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some asprophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

    • A most-powerful gift

    • Can ask for it

    • Direction, correction, insight

    • Seem negative? Or urgent.


THIS Matters: Gifts

προφήτης – an interpreter or “speaker” of God’s will

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some asprophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

    • A most-powerful gift

    • Can ask for it

    • Direction, correction, insight

    • Seem negative? Or urgent.


THIS Matters: Gifts

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some asevangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

  • “Evangelists” – God’s bullhorns

    • Optimistic, bold, inspiring

    • Compelling delivery of truth

    • Leading people to Christ

εὐαγγελιστής –an announcer of “Good News”


THIS Matters: Gifts

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some aspastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

  • “Evangelists” – God’s bullhorns

  • “Pastors” – God’s shepherds

    • Optimistic, inspirational

    • Leading people to Christ

ποιμήν – a shepherd.


THIS Matters: Gifts

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

  • “Evangelists” – God’s bullhorns

  • “Pastors” – God’s shepherds

  • “Teachers” – God’s instructors

    • Clear, easy-to-follow truth

διδάσκαλος – an instructor


THIS Matters: Gifts

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some aspastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

  • “Evangelists” – God’s bullhorns

  • “Pastors” – God’s shepherds

  • “Teachers” – God’s instructors

    • Clear, easy-to-follow truth


THIS Matters: Gifts

4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers

  • “Apostles” – God’s chargers

  • “Prophets” – God’s ‘Twitters’

  • “Evangelists” – God’s bullhorns

  • “Pastors” – God’s shepherds

  • “Teachers” – God’s instructors


THIS Matters: Gifts to EQUIP

Eph. 4:12 …for the equipping of the saints


THIS Matters: Gifts to EQUIP

Eph. 1:1 “to the saints who are at Ephesus”


THIS Matters: Gifts to EQUIP

Modern Model: “…for the equipping of the clergy”

Remote / Irrelevant,

Pie-In-Sky, ‘Softies’, DWEEBS


THIS Matters: EquipACTION

ἔργον – means effectual, results, “work”, activities, energizing.

4:12

for the work…


THIS Matters: Action BUILD

“for building up the Body of Christ”

(NLT 4:12) to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

Eph. 3:10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

“for building up the Body of Christ”

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

All are “clergy” and “laity”

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a HOLY NATION, a people for God's own possession


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

All are “saints”

All ages are “saints”

Eph. 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of …building up of the body of Christ;


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

  • “Ministry” means build.

1 Peter 2:9 …that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

Where is the gift of Worship Singing Leader?

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

  • “Ministry” means build.


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

He gave gifts to men… for building up the Body. (Eph.4:8,12)

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

  • “Ministry” means build.

  • “Ministry” means risk.


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

  • “Ministry” means build.

  • “Ministry” means risk.

  • “Ministry” needs equipping.


THIS Matters: Gifts BUILD

Implications

  • “Ministry” is not a profession.

  • “Ministry” means build.

  • “Ministry” means risk.

  • “Ministry” needs equipping.

Next Week:

“Speaking the truth in love…”


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