Rev. Carla Williams
Ephesians Sermon Series
Living A Life Worthy of Our Calling
In the first three chapters of Ephesians, Paul has set forth a foundational reality of the Gospel: that by grace alone, God has reconciled Jews and alien Gentiles to Himself, and brought them together in the Person of Jesus the Son. This action has created a new society, the ecclesia of God, the body of Christ. Now, Paul announces that God’s “yes” to both Jew and Gentile believers calls for a response from all believers (then, and now)
- Be zealous in leading a life worthy of your calling (4:1-6)
- Live into the unity that already exists as a result of one calling, one
- Lord, one faith, one baptism by practicing the virtues of humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerant love.
- The gifts of God’s grace are gifts for both salvation (charis) and for service (charismata) (4:11-16)
- Evidence of a growing, healthy body of Christ is based on an ever maturing and growing faith, undergirded by truth and love. (4:14-16)
Questions for Reflection
- Read Ephesians 4:1-16. In all of its diversity and differences, what are the essentials that hold the church together?
- If humility, gentleness, patience and tolerant love are evidence of healthy church and maturing Christians, which of these four do you personally wrestle with in your own life?
- In what ways can our congregation of St. Andrew’s live into unity, without uniformity?
- What has challenged you the most about today’s text?