May 17, 2020
Ephesians 4: 14-16
Pastor Ricky Smith
I. Delayed Growth
so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
1. Fierce Wolves
29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test everything; hold fast what is good
2. False Teachers
II. Coordinated Growth
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ
A. Proclaim Truth
Know The Truth. Live The Truth. Speak The Truth.
B. Core Training
Core areas of growth:
1. Increase of knowledge
2. Stability of belief
C. Vertical Trust
Elevating Jesus is the starting point for biblical unity
III. Exponential Growth
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
A. United in purpose
B. Equipped for mission
C. Working in rhythm
- I put my trust in Jesus as my King for the first time.
- I will practice the discipline to grow in my vertical relationship with Jesus and encourage others to do the same.
- I repent of delayed growth and choose to focus on Christ as my core.
- Ephesians 4:14 describes a believer who is slow to grow and is tempted to be drawn off course. What are some ways that a believer could be tempted in their beliefs and practice of faith?
- Ephesians 4:15 paints a picture of a growing believer who holds tight to truth. How would you define the Gospel. Read Isaiah 53:4-6, Romans 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Philippians 2:4-8, and Titus 3:4-7 to help.
- Ephesians 4:16 helps us see the beauty of the Church growing together. What can you do today to encourage other believers to grow and serve in love.
- Share a time when someone played a trick on you. How did you feel? Ephesians 4:14 describes an immature believer who has been led astray by false teaching. Why is this an important warning?
- Ephesians 4:15 encourages us to grow “in every way” in Christ. Talk about some ways that we should each strive to grow in our faith?
- Ephesians 4:16 tells us that Jesus causes His church to grow and work together. Share a time when you have experienced the body of Christ truly loving and serving one another.