Sermons from New Covenant Community Church

Big Picture Living (Ephesians 4:1-7, Ephesians 4:11-13, John 3:27, Romans 12:5-8)

Dick Beaumont, October 30, 2016
Part of the None series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

We need a picture of unity in the church and our purpose in it. The Lord has given us all different gifts and we all fit together, but it doesn't happen automatically. We need to intentional about our relationship with Christ, and intentional about our involvement in His Church. In this sermon, Pastor Dick Beaumont looks at how, like Paul, we are all called to be prisoners for the Lord and let Him show us the big picture.

Tags: gifts, intentional, unity

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Ephesians 4:1-7

4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 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. (ESV)

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, (ESV)

John 3:27

27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. (ESV)

Romans 12:5-8

so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (ESV)

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