STRIVING TO GROW

Ephesians 4:11-16 – KNOWING AND GROWING #14

  • Why should every Christian man desire to grow Spiritually? 2 Corinthians 5:17, Luke 8:11-15, Acts 12:24, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 2 Peter 3:18
  • Why do Christian men usually have less desire to grow Spiritually than women?
  • Why do men tend to speak less in public during Bible Studies and testimony times?
  • Do most men feel inferior Spiritually to the ladies?

God has given us gifted men to help us be united as Christians. As men, we should strive to grow, not only for the reasons we already stated, but because of the reasons given in our text. We should strive to grow:

BECAUSE OF THE PLAN – Vss. 11-13

Vs. 11

  • For unity God gave gifted leaders.

Vs. 12

  • The Evangelist, pastor, teacher and pastor/teacher is equipping you for ministry so the church will be built numerically and spiritually.
  • The church is not a bus and the pastor is not a bus driver.

Vs. 13

  • Unity of faith = body of truth
  • The Knowledge of God – full, personal, intimate knowledge
  • Mature – measure of stature of fullness of Christ
  • Colossians 1:28-29, Philippians 3:13-16

BECAUSE OF THE PITFALLS – Vs. 14

  • If we are not anchored, we will be blown around – Paul’s Shipwreck – Paul’s faith not shaken. Acts 27, Hebrews 6:19-20
  • Trickery – doctoring the dice to deceive
  • Satan wants every soul he can get. If he deceives you, you will be used to deceive others. 1 Timothy 4:1-8

BECAUSE OF THE PROCLAMATION – Vs. 15

  • “truthing in love” – I can proclaim truth with my mouth and my life.
  • Being able to say, “The Bible says” helps the saved and the unsaved.
  • Being able to live what the Bible says is priceless! Matthew 5:14-16

BECAUSE OF PROGRESS – Vs. 16

  • What do Ephesians 3:16-19, 4:1-2, and 4:15-16 tell us about Spiritual maturity?