Growing in the Faith 2
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AS YOU EXERCISE THE Seven Helps to Grow Your
Faith, you will be confronted with your need to change your character
and behavior, developing your understanding of doctrine, discovering your
spiritual gifts, and taking the initiative to put off that which does not please
God and put on that which does.
In this passage of Scripture, taken from Ephesians chapter four, we will look at
what it means to "walk worthy" of Christ.
Ephesians 4:1 - I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
WE WALK WORTHY OF CHRIST BY...
1. ...growing in our character
4:2,3 - With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
2. ...growing in our doctrine
4:4-6 - There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of
your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who
is above all, and through all, and in you all.
3. ...growing in our spiritual gifts
Everyone has gifts 4:7-10 - 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.)
Do you know what gifts you have?: 4:11 - And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Here is the threefold reason for having spiritual gifts: 4:12,13 - For
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of
the body of Christ: 13 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 fullness of Christ:
Using our gifts helps us to become mature: 4:14,15 - 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:
Spiritual gifts are effective only when love is added: 4:16 - From whom
the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint
supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,
makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
4. ...not living like those without Christ
4:17-19 - This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk
not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the
ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being
past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness.
5. ...choosing to walk worthy
4:20-32 - But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off
concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to
the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put
on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we
are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down
upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no
more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good,
that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that
it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath,
and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven.