The Beautiful Puzzle Part Four – Effective Ministry

Notes from a sermon preached by Dr. Greg Sloop at the Kannapolis Church of God on November 26, 2017 in the AM worship service.

Ephesians 4:11–16 (NKJV)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

The Whole Body

16 from whom the whole body…

The Power of Unity
The Power of Agreement
The Power of Teamwork

Knit Together

…joined and knit together…

Together We Will
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
One in Him

Every Joint

…by what every joint supplies…

What is that in your hand?
What can you bring to the table?
What are you doing that you can do and do better?

Effective Work

…according to the effective working…

God’s Work is Important
God’s Work Matters
Excellence is God’s standard for us

Sharing for Growth

…by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Work
Pulling One’s Weight
Building Up in Love

Takeaway Thoughts

The Whole Body Knit Together in Christ is God’s Plan
Every Joint Must Supply Its Share
Effective Work Leads to Growth

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