Building the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-16)

This week’s study will be from Ephesians 4:12-16. I encourage you to not only read this text but also:

  • 1 Corinthians 12:13-20 (consider the word “body”)
  • Reread Ephesians quickly and look for the word body
  • Ponder the ministry of the Pastor-teacher and his role in “equipping” us!
  • What can we do to prepare for that “equipping”?

This isn’t a fancy outline, but it is functional:

  1. The equippers (4:11, “He Himself gave some”)
  2. The equipped (4:12a, “for the equipping of the saints”)
  3. The task (4:12b, “the work of ministry …”)
  4. The objective (A) (4:13, “till we all come …”)
  5. The contrast (4:14, “we should no longer be …”)
  6. The objective (B) (4:15, “may grow up in all things …”)
  7. The Head (4:15, “[Christ] is the head”)
  8. His body (4:16a, “the whole body, joined and knit together …”)
  9. The blessing (4:16b, “growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love”)

Since this text deals with body life and horizontal relationships you may want to revisit Members of one another. I hope to see you this Wednesday.

An important parallel passage is Colossians 2:19:

… the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

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