Growing in Fullness

Eph. 4:11-13 – “Growing in Fullness”
Sun. Jan. 28th 2018 – Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. Discipleship is the Process of Becoming who we Really Are: “Christians” (Eph. 4:11-12).
A. Jesus came to restore us to be the perfect image of God in creation (vs. 11).
B. These gifts or offices will cease when we all reach unity and maturity (vs. 12).
II. Discipleship is the Process in which we Grow into Fullness to become Mature (Eph. 4:13).
A. Fullness means uninterrupted relational harmony with God through Christ (vs. 13a).
B. Fullness means complete shalom of the individual in body, soul and spirit (vs. 13b).
C. Fullness means life-giving relationships with other believers and a compassion for those not yet in Christ (vs. 13c).
III. As we Grow in Fullness we Increasingly become “Christians” to the World (Phil. 3:7-17; 1:3-6).
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Do you know of a situation in which something or someone did not “grow” in such a way as would be normally expected? What was the situation? What brought attention to the situation? Did it resolve?
2. In your own words, what is a “Christian”? Who/what sets the standard for such? What do you think about someone who appears to never grow up in the Lord? What can cause this to happen?
3. Read Eph. 4:1-16. In your own words, what is the Apostle Paul saying in vss. 11-13? What is the purpose of the gifts/offices of vss. 11-12? Why are these destined to come to an end?
4. Do you agree with points II and its subpoints? Why or why not?
5. Is it necessary to have Christians in the world today? What is the purpose of being a Christian?
6. Reflect on how you are personally doing in terms of the Growing toward Fullness in the Lord. Which relationships are particularly challenging for you, i.e. vertical, internal or horizontal? Why? What are you going to do about this(these) areas in order for you to grow?

Growing in Fullness