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EPHESIANS 4 : 7-16

FALL 2003: Biblical Equipping Passage across our Emmaus Groups

The Steps of Bibilical Equipping

Remember the 8 steps:
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Reflections on biblical equipping apart since last meeting

Hear: After a moment of silence, listen together, and then end the passage with another moment of silence. Explore: What the passage meant to those who wrote and originally heard it Connect: Prepare: Act: Meditate: Apply passage to your own life Make a conscious plan to use learnings in your life When apart, act upon the plan you have prepared Continue to reflect on the passage while apart; pray

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Reflect: Think about how God is working in your life; consider what experiences you will share at the next meeting

Ephesians 4:7-16
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But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." 9 (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
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St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Shared Bibilcal Equipping – Fall 2003

Background Writer: Date: The Apostle Paul Ephesians was written from Rome in A.D. 64. It is the first in order of the Prison Epistles, and was sent by Tychicus, concurrently with Colossians and Philemon. It is probable that the two greater letters had their occasion in the return of Onesimus to Philemon. Ephesians is the most impersonal of Paul's letters. Indeed the words, "to the Ephesians," are not in the best manuscripts. Colossians 4:16 mentions an epistle to the Laodiceans. It has been conjectured that the letter known to us as Ephesians is really the Laodicean letter. Probably it was sent to Ephesus and Laodicea without being addressed to any church. The letter would then be "to the saints and the faithful in Christ Jesus" anywhere.

Source: Scofield Reference Notes, http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=eph&chapter=000 Explore

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In verse 11 – “his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers” – who are these people? Who are the saints who are to be equipped (verse 12) ? What does this passage intend say about the distinction between clergy and leity in the church?

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In what ways do you feel you have been equipped to serve? What are the challenges and rewards of “speaking the truth in love” for you? How far along is our group in terms of being joined and knit together?

Resources
General: http://www.textweek.com/scripture.htm Commentaries: http://www.studylight.org/com/ Bible Verses: http://www.biblegateway.com/

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