Unifying Grace, Part 2 Jason Malone - 10/17/2021 Ephesians 4:11-16 Audio Sermon Notes (PDF) Ask a Question The opportunity, we’ve all had, to talk about the beauty and mystery that is the Church has been sweet. From Paul’s opening song…”to the praise of His glory”…to his prayer of thanksgiving and for spiritual insight for the church at Ephesus…to the miracle that is “from death to life” from “enslaved to enthroned” from “objects of wrath to trophies of grace” from “under Satan’s dominion to in union with Christ”…to Jew and Gentile finding unity in Christ…the dividing wall of hostility has been torn down…to the Church being a picture of God’s multifaceted wisdom to all who look on and observe…both here on earth and in the heavens…to Paul’s prayer for strength and love…it has been an encouraging few weeks. And Jim mentioned this last week as we looked at the first part of Ephesians 4…chapter 4 is this transition in the letter…if the first 3 chapters are about our calling as Followers of Jesus both individually and corporately…these next 3 chapters are about how we live out that calling as individuals and as a family. It is all connected in Paul’s heart and mind as he writes this letter to the Church at Ephesus. The mystery that is the Church…living as the Church and it impacts all of life. The Apostle Paul encourages the Church at Ephesus to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which they have been called and to maintain the unity given to them through Christ as they grow in humility, gentleness, patience, and love. Paul also tells us that God has given a multi-faceted leadership gift to the Church to equip the Church towards spiritual maturity…thus maintaining the unity given them through Jesus.At Fellowship, we consider ourselves an “equipping church” and we have 7 core values that we desire to see everyone equipped in and growing in for the sake of accomplishing the ministry before us as a church. Magnifying GraceEnjoying God Loving Others Understanding Truth Depending on the Spirit Living in Integrity Advancing the Gospel But we are only an equipping church to the degree that we are intentionally equipping you AND to the degree that you are willing to be intentionally equipped. So through our emphasis on life with Jesus, life in community, and life on mission, we have intentional strategies in place to equip those that desire to be equipped. But if we see Sunday as a concert venue…where we show up a few times a month for the “paid religious professionals” to do a few things that we give a thumbs up or a thumbs down…we aren’t being the Church. If you process everything at Fellowship Greenville through a self-focused lens…as in “this is the type of church that I want” while also being a passive observer…as in “I’m so grateful for the job our staff team does” you are missing out on what God’s desire and plan is the Church. Or as Paul Tripp says: “God is not satisfied with informing you about the work of his kingdom. He transforms you to participate in the work of his kingdom.”As we walk in a manner worthy of our calling…being equipped in our giftedness to accomplish the work of the ministry…our unity will be maintained as we grow and mature in love and that unity on display in our spheres of influence…in our city…will put the gospel on display…the mystery of the Church is revealed. *We are a church located in Greenville, South Carolina. Our vision is to see God transform us into a community of grace passionately pursuing life and mission with Jesus.