The Members Are The Ministers (18 of 36) by Jerry Vines

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THE MEMBERS ARE THE MINISTERS (18 of 36)
Ephesians
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 4:11-12
6/28/2000

I believe that these verses and the truth contained in
them is so very important that it would do well for us
to slow down and really zero in on them.

The first thing I want you to do before we begin this
Bible study is to write down somewhere in your notes
or notepad, your estimate of how many ministers we
have in our church. How many ministers do you feel
like we have in our church? Don't tell anybody or
shout it out, but just write down how many ministers
you think we have here in the First Baptist Church of
Jacksonville.

It is important to the substance of what I'm going to
discuss with you this evening. I think it would be
helpful for us to remind ourselves where we are and
what the purpose of these verses is.

In the 4th chapter we begin the practical section of
the book of Ephesians. The leading thought is found
for us in verse 1. There we are encouraged by Paul to
walk worthy of the vocation or the calling wherewith
we are called. That is the leading statement which
guides us through our study of the practical section.
The word, walk, carries the idea of living your life.
It's more than just physically walking he's talking
about. He's talking about the way you conduct your
life, the way you behave yourself as a believer.
"Walk worthy of the calling wherewith you are called."
Live a Christian life which is consistent with your
Christian salvation. Be a good testimony for the
Lord. Be a good witness for the Lord in your
lifestyle.

He'll talk about that on down in the 4th chapter and
on into the 5th chapter also. The first emphasis in
this direction is that we are to walk as believers "a
walk of unity." In verse 3 he says, "endeavoring to
keep the unity of the spirit." Then down in verse 13
he says "till we all come into the unity of the faith."
We are to walk together in ...


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