Ephesians 4:11-16 Teh Purpose of Training in the Church: "For the Equipping of the Saints."

Bible Study Questions

- The Bible Teacher's Commentary on the Book of Ephesians -

Ephesians 4:11-13

The theological foundation for the church is founded in God and His mission. As an introduction to this study, make sure that you read Ephesians 4:1-10.

A) God’s Work in the Church

Ephesians 4:11-13

1. The Means God enables His people (Ephesians 4:11)

"And he gave some [to be] apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers."

1.    What is it that the Lord has given in verse 11? Who gives it and who does He give it to?

2.    What is it that He gives (11)?

3.    Do your best to distinguish each of the 4 (or 5) categories. What is different about each one? Who does each group primarily minister to?

4.    Discuss the place for apostles in today’s church. Refer to Acts 14:14. Is it possible that a ‘lesser’ apostle is a missionary or church planter working in an unreached area? Why or why not?

5.    What sets off a prophet from the other groupings? Why do some people believe there is no longer any need for prophets today? What does this passage say or imply about this?

6.    Using Ephesians 4:1-3, how are we to discuss these issues with others when there is strong disagreement? Find a person(s) who can talk on volatile subjects without getting riled up. Ask them how they approach these situations.

2. The Purpose God enables His people (Ephesians 4:12)

"For the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ."

7.     Since each of these groupings are instructors of God’s Word, let us call them instructors. Why does God go out of His way to form these instructors? Make sure you state what 4:12 says.

8.    The NASB Bible and some others use the word ‘saints’ in 4:12. What does this word mean? Why does Paul here use it? (Notice also 1:1).

9.    Why does the Lord want to equip all the people in the church?

10.    Define the ‘work of the service’ in practical terms.

11.    How does the instruction from the instructors help the people in doing their work of service?

12.    What is the end goal for all these works of service? (4:11)

13.    Does your church(es) look like this? Why or why not?

14.    List three works of service (specific or areas) that God has involved you in. What difference does it make that you had instruction to rightly do these things?

3. The Duration God enables His people (Ephesians 4:13)

"Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ."

15.     Christian growth is often thought about so vaguely. What are the three goals of Christian growth mentioned in Ephesians 4:13.

16.     What might each of these three phrases in 4:13 mean?

17.     Using these three aspects of Christian growth, share how your church is strong and weak.

Introduction to the Book of Ephesians

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God
Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 1:3 Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty
Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 2-3

Ephesians 2:1-3 Our Need, His grace

Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction
Ephesians 2:1 A) Man's Nature
Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World
Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart
Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:1-3 Preserving the Spirit's Unity

Intro: Problems of Disunity
Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity
Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body
Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity
Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-16 The Purpose of Training

Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church
Ephesians 4:11 Gifts in the church
Ephesians 4:12 Purpose of equipping
Ephesians 4:13 The final goal
Ephesians 4:11-13 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:14 B) Responsibility 1. Deceit
Ephesians 4:15a 2. Speaking the truth in love
Ephesians 4:15b 3. Grow up into Christ
Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church
Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints
Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger
Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness

Ephesians 5-6

Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject to your Husband
Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love
Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage
Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage
Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents
Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit

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