MINISTERING FOR BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST: Ephesians 4:4-16

SCRIPTURE

Ephesians 4:4-16 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, 
    and he gave gifts to men.” 

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, 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 by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Ephesians 4:4-16 together. What stands out to you and why?

2. What should be our motivation to minister/serve?

3. Grace is defined as unmerited favor. In reference to verse 7 how is the word measure different from merit? And why does it matter?

4. Who should be ministering?

5.  Read Matthew 4:21 and 1 Thessalonians 3:19 and define equipped?

6. How does someone become equipped in Ekklesia community groups?

7. Who should the “saints” be ministering to? Why would someone think that they do not need to minister?

8. What is our goal in ministering? Read verse 16.

DISCUSSION