Tree Sunset Horizon
the church of Christ 
meeting in Marana, AZ

God's Plan for Growth

God's Plan for Building the church - Eph 4:7-16

 Measure of Christ's Gift -- v7

 The story of Christ - v8-10

 He Gave Some --v11

 The Seed of the Kingdom

 The Work of Ministry - v12a

 Building up the Body -- v12b

 Fullness of Christ -- v13

 Leaving Childhood Behind -- v14

 Speaking Truth in Love -- v15

 Each Part Doing Its Share -- v16

 God has set everything in place for the church to grow. Let's follow His plan!

 notes by David Teel Monday, August 05, 2013

  

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." "(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?" "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)" "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."
"Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them."
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"
"Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables." "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business." "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:" "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" "Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;" "Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness."
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."


"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues."