Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #21

Ephesians #21

The purpose of equipping the saints is so that they do the ministry (Eph 4:12). How can you discover your spiritual gift? Example of Paul is extreme abandon (Act 9:3). Paul says "What would you have me to do" (Act 9:6)? Paul prays Act 9:11. Guidance often comes through others (Act 9:15). The unrevealed Will of God is only shown you when you're obedient to things you've been shown (Act 9:17). Confirmation of your gift comes from both God and men -- believers are built up and unbelievers are believing (Act 9:20-22). When you embark on your true mission there will be difficulties, but God will raise people to assist you (Act 9:23-27). God will often close doors (Act 9:28-30). God use prepared people and preparation is part of the service (Act 11:22-30). Be faithful to serve where God has you then move when He moves you (Act 13:1-3). Paul's gift had to develop. Gifts are exercised within God's bounds -- where He opens the doors (1Co 4:7, 2Co 10:12-18, Psa 16:6).

Scripture References: Acts 9:17, Psalms 16:6, Acts 9:15, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 9:11, Acts 11:22-30, Acts 9:6, Acts 9:28-30, Acts 9:3, Acts 9:23-27, Ephesians 4:12, Acts 9:20-22

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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