by John Barnett

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Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
February 10, 2008

Grace-energized men get "sound in faith" when they are mended (by equipping) and built up (through edification) by the Word of God's truth. Then they go through life building others up (edifying them) by God's Word.

In Christ's church each of us has a different giftedness God wants to use in His construction of the Church. If you come to the building site and do not do what He made you to do-the entire process of building up the Church suffers. And that brings us to Ephesians 4:11-13.

Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. NKJV

Mended and Built By The Truth

How is this done within a local church? Paul introduces us to the twin concepts of the "equipping church" and the "edifying church". Both ministries are vital. We all need to grasp our responsibility, so that we come to church and operate as a church in the way that God designed us to serve Him-mending lives so that those lives can be engaged as tools in Christ's hands building up, helping, exhorting, and discipling others.

First, mending means finding that Jesus comes to us by His Spirit, through His Word and gives us the power to reach out and mend others with His Word. This power to do what He has told us to do in the Bible is grace. And all that was to happen within the context of grace-energized, truth-filled lives of those called to be menders.

Secondly, we need to examine the other half of our calling. Look again at Ephesians 4:12.

Ephesians 4:12 "…for the equipping (Gk. # 2677, n. from v. #2675 lit. "mending"; KJV 'pe ...

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