God’s New Society: Living a Life Worthy of Our Calling

SERMON NOTES
10/26/2014
Rev. Carla Williams
Ephesians Sermon Series
Ephesians 4:1-16

 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

  1. Read Ephesians 4:1-16.  In all of its diversity and differences, what  are the essentials that hold the church together?
  2. 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?
  3. In what ways can our congregation of St. Andrew’s live into unity, without uniformity?
  4. What has challenged you the most about today’s text?