EPHESIANS Together Preserving Unity
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6
Date: Jan 21st, 2018
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Human Behavior: Mind (know) ->Heart (feel) ->Will (do)

Christ-followers: Mind (aware) ->Heart (appreciate) ->Will (act)

= Inside -> Out  Phil.2:13; Luke 6:43-45 = God-created process

= Paul’s Teaching:  Ch. 1-3 = Calling  -> Ch. 4-6 = Conduct

*** The setting where this is lived out is ***

 “together with all the saints.” 3:18

TODAY: “Together” Preserving complementary prayer

A.  Be Mindful of a Possibility

= in being created as a Body (Rom. 12:4, 5), members are to

   live and function “together” in UNITY for health and growth

 -POSSIBILITY = there could be a malfunction / dysfunction

cf. Jesus’ Prayer re: His Followers   John 17:11, 20-23

cf. Paul’s Words to the Ephesian Elders   Acts 20:27-31

…the Devil’s schemes are focused = “Divide & Conquer”


B. Be Mindful of Preservation

… “How do we keep the unity?”

1. Keep Responding to God’s Call   1

= Ch.1-3: be like Jesus in Character and Conduce

= CONSISTENCY, as you were taught; “How am I treating God?”

2. Keep Respecting Other Believers   2

- characteristics not natural to Greeks, nor US

- involves a CHANGE of ATTITUDES cf. Phil. 2:1-5

3. Keep being Responsible to “make every effort to keep the unity” 3

- Acts 20: Elders to be INTENTIONAL in Guiding & Guarding

= Preservation of TEAM …Together and Togetherness

- “unity of the Spirit” = a God-created UNITY “in Christ” (1 Cor.12:13)


C. Be Mindful of our Platform   4-6

_where we stand _on which we stand _Foundations _includes “all” 6

- “one” = REALITY of Christian Doctrine (teaching) _ “the way it is”

- “one” = REALITIES believers have in common = TREASURED!

*** CONVICTIONS on which Christ-followers ***

stand, and stand “TOGETHER”