November 27, 2016 - Discipleship Series #3

Scripture Reading: Psalm 68

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:7-16

Sermon Title: Jesus' Goals for Discipling His Church

 

Three goals for Christ's corporate discipleship of His church:

  1. The goal of demonstrating Christ's victory (cf. Ps 68) (7-10)
    1. Demonstrated through the spoils of His victory (7-8)
      1. These spoils identified as “grace-gifts” (7)
      2. These spoils’ scriptural basis (8)
    2. Demonstrated through an explanation of His victory (9-10)
  2. The goal of equipping Christ's body (11-13)
    1. Implemented through particular individual gifts (11)
    2. Implemented for general corporate purposes (12-13)
      1. Initially, for equipping the saints for ministry work (12)
      2. Ultimately, for unifying and maturing the entire body (13)
  3. The goal of growing Christ's body (14-16)
    1. By intentionally avoiding instability and vulnerability (14)
    2. By intentionally pursuing maturity and edification (15-16)
      1. Pursuing this maturity practically involves speaking (15a)
      2. Pursuing this maturity as pictured by a growing infant (15b)
      3. Pursuing this maturity is accomplished through Christ's provision (16a)
      4. Pursuing this maturity involves every individual doing their part (16b)
Posted on November 27, 2016 .