Day 4--Read: Ephesians 4:11-13
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,
Reflect: Who is the source of the gifts necessary to do the work of the church?
Consider: To prepare translates a Greek noun found only here in the New Testament; it denotes the action described by the verb “prepare, make ready, equip” (see Mark 1:19 and Matt 4:21, with the object “nets”). Christian service translates a Greek noun meaning “service, work,” a general term for all that a Christian is called on to do; the related noun “servant” (3:7; 6:21) was applied to those who performed humble tasks, like waiting on tables.4
Respond: Are you doing your part to build up this body of believers? Have you considered what our church might be missing out on if you are not using your gifts accordingly? Commit to put your gifts to work for the benefit of FBC, College Station.
4 Robert G. Bratcher and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1993), 102.