The Church As a Body

Pastor Fenton Moorhead
July 28, 2019

Ephesians 1:20-23

Ephesians 1:20–23 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens— 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

 

I. Jesus is the head of the Church

Ephesians 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

a. As the body, we obey.

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands. 

b. As the body, we grow.

Ephesians 4:11-13  And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.

c. As the body, we have a mission.

Ephesians 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 3:19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

II. Jesus has distributed gifts to His body

Ephesians 4:7  Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. For it says: When he ascended on high, he took the captives captive; he gave gifts to people

a. Spiritual Gifts are Diverse in nature but united at heart

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good

1 Corinthians 12:12  For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.

b. When a gift is not operational, the church is stunted from all that it was meant to be.

Ephesians 4:16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

 

III. There are amazing results when the church lives as the body of Christ

a. God is glorified

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

b. The Church becomes a Family

Ephesians 3:16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament…

c. The Lost are Saved

John 17:20–23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.