Gifted in Christ

Sermon from CCM Heatons

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This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the CCM Heatons site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on Ephesians 4:7-16.

Unity in the Body of Christ

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.

KEY POINTS

Spirit at Work Means Gifts for Us

• Paul teaches on unity.
• Remembering Jesus as the most important person in the Church.
• Equipping the saints and seeing results.

Spirit at Work Means Gifts With Purpose

• Paul highlights the gifts of;
  Equipping gifts – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers.

Spirit at Work Means Gifts for Growth

• Growing Church.
• Being caught in strategy or techniques for Church growth.
• Churches grow when people use their gifts.

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