1. Paul encourages the Ephesians to “walk in a manner _______________ of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). Though we are unworthy when we are called (Ephesians 2:5), God sheds his grace upon us (Ephesians 2:8) and creates something of worth (Ephesians 2:9). This very creation calls for us to do “good works.” Characteristics of this walk are ___________________, ___________________, and __________________, bearing with one another in ________________, and maintaining the ___________________ and _____________________ (Ephesians 4:2-3).
2. There are seven manifestations of unity that are mentioned in Ephesians 4:4-6. These are described as one:
* _______________ – i.e. the church (Ephesians 1:22-23)
* _______________ – i.e. Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)
* _______________ – i.e. the hope of eternal life (Ephesians 2:1-9, 12-13)
* _______________ – i.e. Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
* _______________ – i.e. in the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:15)
* _______________ – i.e. into Christ (Galatians 3:27)
* ___________ and ________________ – i.e. the creator and all powerful one (Ephesians 3:14-15, 20-21)
3. When Christ ascended, he gave gifts to his followers so that they could be effective apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). These gifts accomplished two purposes (Ephesians 4:12): (1) to ____________ the saints for the work of _______________ and (2) for the _____________ ______ of the body of Christ (his church). These gifts would last until (Ephesians 4:13) three things happened:
* We all attain the unity of __________ and ___________________ of the Son of God.
* The church reaches __________________ manhood.
* The measure of the stature of the _________________ of ______________.
4. The purpose of the gifts was so that (Ephesians 4:14) we would not be like children, tossed _____ and ___________by the waves and carried about by every ______________ of doctrine that may take the form of _____________ __________________ or by craftiness in _______________ _______________. The opposite of this would be that we would speak the _________________ in love and ___________ ________ into Christ who is the head (Ephesians 4:15). The ultimate result of this is that the body, the church, is ________________ properly and building itself up in ____________ (Ephesians 4:16).
5. Since the church is to be a mature and functioning body, in the last half of Ephesians 4 Paul reminds them of a way they learned in Christ (Ephesians 4:20) and that the former life is to be “put off,” that is changed to a “new self” (Ephesians 4:21-24). Look at Ephesians 4:17-32 and list at least six or more comparisons Paul makes between the “old self” and the “new self.”
Old Self New Self
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