by Ernest Easley

God's Seven Fold-Hold on His Church
Ephesians 4.1-6
December 12, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

It is hard to believe that tonight I am preaching
my final Sunday night Bible message of this century!
As Porkey the Pig would say, "That's all folks!" And
then we enter the 21st century! It's hard to believe,
isn't it?

Well, as I thought this week about the new
century upon us, I couldn't help but think about our
church and the 20th century. My oh my, how God has
blessed First Baptist Church over these last 100
years! But you know, past blessings are not a
guarantee of future blessings. I mean, just because
God has blessed our church the last 100 years doesn't
guarantee that He'll bless us the next 100 years.

Now I know God wants to bless our fellowship
until Jesus comes, but what makes that possible? What
causes God to bless one church and not another?

Well, that's what Paul's talking about in the
book of Ephesians. So for a few minutes tonight, take
your Bible one last time on Sunday night this century,
and join me in the New Testament book of Ephesians.
And once you get there, turn please to chapter two.

Now we looked at these verses a few weeks ago.
But I want us to take one last look here because I
believe we find the secret to God's blessing. It's
here in Ephesians two we find what First Baptist
Church or any church for that matter, that truly wants
God's hand of blessing upon them, must do in order to
guarantee God's blessing!

Now as we begin reading in verse 1, we read here
about, "God's Seven Fold-Hold on His Church".

Ephesians 4.1-6

Now Paul mentions a couple of things to us in
these verses. First, there's our summons to unity!

That's found in the first 3 verses. Beginning in
verse 1 we read, "I, therefore, the prisoner of the
Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with
which you were called, with all loneliness and
gentleness, with longsufferin ...

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