Church Impact
December 1, 2019

If you miss church you’re missing out on how God has chosen to work in this
age. God founded the church. It’s not an invention of men like the Elks club or the Red Cross. God created the church and has specifically tasked it to carry out His work until Christ returns.
Ephesians 4:10 NLT
And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that He might fill the entire universe with himself.
Ephesians 4:11–16 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is
the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:11–12 CEV

Learn to Serve

Look at the progression here, as I begin to serve in your job you will be built up, And you also begin to help others to grow.
Hebrews 6:10–11 NKJV
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do
Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors,
and teachers, 12 so that his people would learn to serve and his body
would grow strong.

minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,

Grow Strong

The Greek word for grow is the word edify
for the edifying of the body of Christ.
This word means, the act of building, building up edifying, edification. T
Ephesians 4:13 CEV

United In Faith & Understanding

Mature

Your body of believers have a huge part in your maturity, but likewise you have a part in helping you brothers to mature.
How do mature people look?

Completely Like Him

The NKJV Says It Like This, “To a Perfect Man, to the Measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11
he act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety,
happiness, holiness
This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of
the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be
completely like him.
Greek fullness of Christ = filled, no room for anything else.
How would you compare? How much room do you allow for other things than
Christ?
Ephesians 4:14 CEV
We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by
their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to
place.

No Longer Deceived

Ephesians 4:15 CEV
Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head

No Longer Lying

So not only will you not be deceived but you will not be deceiving others.
Ephesians 4:16 CEV
Look at this phrase – “it grows and becomes strong because of love.”
Ephesians 4:16 CEV
be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
This is how I get to the next level of true maturity = • Go To Church.
• Learn to Serve.
• Grow Strong
• Become United is Faith & Knowledge. • Mature
• Become Completely like Him.
• No longer Deceived.
• No longer Lying.
End Result – Christ Like In Every Way!
Ephesians 4:10 NLT
And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that He might fill the entire universe with himself.