Spiritual gifts: He “gave gifts to men”

This week’s lesson will be from Ephesians 4:7-16.

Outline:

  1. The fact of spiritual gifts: (vs. 7, “to each one of us”)
  2. The Lord of spiritual gifts: (vs. 10, “the One who ascended far above all the heavens”)
  3. Gifts to His church: (vs. 11, “He Himself gave some to be …”)
  4. The purpose of gifts: (vs. 12, “for the equipping of the saints …”)

I don’t anticipate moving much past vs 11. Perhaps we will briefly touch on verse 12 and then next week look at 4:12-16 in detail.

In preparation for this week’s study:

  1. Read this section in multiple translations.
  2. Consider reading other texts that deal with spiritual gifts:
    • 1 Corinthians 12-13
    • Romans 12:3-8
    • 1 Peter 4:7-11
  3. Compare Paul’s citation of Psalm 68:18 (Ephesians 4:8 ) with Psalm 68:18.
  4. Ponder what it means that “He ascended … descended into the lower parts of the earth”. Compare John 3:13; John 6:38; Acts 2:34; and Romans 10:6 which use the same vocabulary.
  5. Since our text mentions “evangelists”, you may want to consider the ministry of Philip in Acts 8.

Ephesians 4:7-12 is not an easy text, but it has rich truths for every believer and every local church.

I hope to see you this Wednesday!

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