How Will We Ever Get Along

July 28, 2013 Speaker: The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach Series: Church: Winning the Fight?

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–4:32

“How Will We Ever Get Along”

Ephesians 4

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach                                                   July 28, 2013

The Problem: Different people, Different world-views, Different religious backgrounds, Different economic classes, Different opinions.

The Apostle Paul’s Exhortation: ____ __ _ ______ worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

To what have you been called?

Ephesians 5:2 Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Now here in Chapter 4 Paul calls to our attention to the manner of walking in love which is the key to a vibrant Christian life and a vibrant Christian community - _____ (getting along!)

Unity doesn’t mean we agree on everything; but it means we get along – we treat one another in love.

1. Christian Unity Depends on our _________ Toward one another (v. 2).

2. Christian Unity ____ ______ the Unity of God (v.3-6)

Seven phrases:

        One ______,         One Spirit,        One Hope

        One Lord,             One _______,  One Baptism

        One _____ and ________

3. Christian Unity Doesn’t Mean We Are All _____ – We are given a variety of Gifts (v.7-12)

        a. The gifts are from Christ who has ascended (v. 7, 8, 9,10; see 1 Cor. 12:11)

        b. The gifts are varied (v.11; see I Cor.12)

        c. The gifts are for service (v. 12)

4. Christian Unity Comes with ______ in Christ (v.13-16)

The Goal of all the gifts, the service, our faith, our efforts: _____________________________ __________________________________

5. Christian Unity Demands __________of Life (v.17-14)

He is assuming we have “changed our spiritual clothes”

6. Christian Unity Calls on Intentional _______ (v.25-32)

Four Lets:

        1. Let each one speak the truth

        2. Let the thief no longer steal

        3. Let no corrupting talk come from your mouth

        4. Let all bitterness and wrath… be put away

Key verse: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (v.32)

Two Closing Observations

1. Practicing Unity in the Church is an intentional yet difficult choice.

2. Living a life of Unity must be a priority for every member of our church.

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