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Ephesians 4:1-16: Unity and Uniqueness

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Ephesians.

While Ephesians 1—3 provides a doctrinal foundation, Ephesians 4—6 shows in practical detail how to give glory to God in the church. Paul now considers the quality of life that is demanded of believers individually and in the fellowship of Christ's church.

Warming Up to God

Ephesians 4:2 reads, "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Reflect on these words. Measure your recent behavior against them. Talk to God about what you discover.

Read Ephesians 4:1-16

Discovering the Word

  • What are the characteristics of a life that is worthy of our calling (vv. 1-3)?
  • Paul says we have one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of all. How do these seven "ones" contribute to actually living out true unity?
  • In verses 8-10 Christ is compared to a conquering hero whose victory parade fills "the whole universe," from the highest heaven to the lowest earth. He then generously distributes gifts (the spoils of victory) to his loyal followers. What is the nature and purpose of these gifts (vv. 11-13)?
  • How does spiritual infancy differ from spiritual maturity (vv. 14-16)?

Applying the Word

  • What spiritual gifts do you think you might have?
  • How do they fulfill the purposes described in verses 11-13?
  • In verse 16 Paul says that the body "grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." What steps must you take to more fully work toward this goal?

Responding in Prayer

Pray that your spiritual gifts will be used to help others grow in Christ and to build the church.

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