Is Home Mission the Task, Either of the Special Offices or the General Membership?
"Instructors" and "Frontsoldiers" in Evangelism
Three Trademarks of a Growing, Healthy Friendship
Are you in a healthy or unhealthy relationship? How do you know if your relationship is healthy? From Ephesians 4:1-7 there are three trademarks of a healthy relationship.
Seven Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship
Are you in an unhealthy or a healthy relationship? How do you know if your relationship is unhealthy? From Ephesians 4:17-32 there are seven trademarks of an unhealthy relationship.
Equip, Don't Enable
Why is proper leadership important for the church? From Ephesians 4:11-13 this article explains that church leaders are Christ's gift to the church, and are responsible to equip believers. Where good leadership is given, Christ is glorified.
Working Words Goodness! God actually expects us to impart grace
Ephesians 4:25-32 – Reflect Christ, Deflect Satan
Christians are transformed into being like Christ. They are called to put off the old nature and put on the new nature. This article looks at Ephesians 4:25-32 to show what this transformation entails.
Ephesians 4:30 – Grieving the Spirit
Ephesians 4:1-16 – Unity and Maturity in the Church
Ephesians 4:17-32 – Renewal of Personal Life
Ephesians 4:30 – Grieving the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 4:30 – “Grieve Not”
Sin grieves the Holy Spirit, for it works contrary to the work of the Spirit. This article shows you how this is so by looking at the sins that grieve the Holy Spirit, from Ephesians 4:30.
Ephesians 4:26 – Be Ye Angry and Sin Not
From Ephesians 4:26 this article shows the nature of holy anger over against sinful anger.
Ephesians 4:11-13 – Every Christian a Minister
This article explains how the task of ministry involves all members of the local church. It takes its cue from Ephesians 4:11-13.
The Nature of the Ministry According to Paul
What is the nature of the ministry of the church in relation to the nature of the church? In this paper, the author wants to present an accurate picture of the nature of the Christian ministry as Paul conceived of it.
Gracious Candor: A Tutorial in Speaking Truth in Love
In Ephesians 4:15 Christians are commanded to speak the truth in love. How can we do that? This article unpacks seven ways.
Nine Reasons Pastors Fail to Equip the Saints for Minisitry
Equipping the saints is a phrase every church knows, from Ephesians 4. Yet putting this into practice in the local church is the challenge? This article considers nine reasons why this might not be happening—three relating to pastors, three to church members, and three to both.
Thirty-One Days of Purity: Forgive Others
This article explains how Ephesians 4:32, which issues the call to forgive others, can help in winning the battle for sexual purity.
Ephesians 4:30 – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit
Can God experience sorrow? What does the phrase, "Do not grieve the Spirit," as we read it in Ephesians 4:30, mean? Let the article explain.
Marks of a Faithful Church Member
With due consideration to Ephesians 4:10-16, this article describes the various marks of a faithful church member.
Ephesians 4:31 – Destroying Every Form of Bitterness in Us
This article discusses Ephesians 4:31, which pictures a downward spiral in relationship, one that begins with bitterness and ends with malice.
Work and Money
This article considers how we ought to use our money, and it takes its direction from Ephesians 4:28.
Ephesians 6:10-18 – A Call to Personal Piety or Another Way of Describing Union with Christ?
What is the function of the imperatives in Ephesians 6:10-18? Are they simply a call to personal piety? Reinhard argues that it is important to understand the larger message of this pericope that comes from its relationship to the rest of the letter. Individuals are empowered as members of the church to strive to become who they already are in Christ. Believers should recognize their place within the body of Christ.
The Danger of "Fast Food" Conversation
Can you guess what “fast food” conversations look like? This article talks about the tendency in family life to limit conversation to what is necessary, and about the rarity of offering something that edifies. It reflects on Ephesians 4:29, calling for conversations to reflect how Christ relates to us.
"Equipping" Ministry in Ephesians 4?
Can the function of the ordained ministry be reduced to "equipping saints" for service? Ephesians 4:11-12 is often read in that way. The question is therefore whether Ephesians 4:12 teaches that the "ministry of the Church" is done by the "saints" and the only distinctive role of the officers is to equip the saints for such service. The article, through a presentation of a translation and exegesis of these verses in context, argues against such a view.
He Did Not Descend into Hell: A Plea for Following Scripture instead of the Apostle's Creed
Did Jesus descend into hell like the Apostles' Creed confesses? Grudem argues against this article, and considers the phrase as one that was later introduced into the creed. The article considers the origin of the phrase "he descended into hell" and possible biblical support for the confession in passages like Acts 2:27, Ephesians 4:8-9, Romans 10:6-7, and 1 Peter 3:18-20.
The article provides a perspective on what it is to be a covenant community. This is applied to a typical congregation where the believers practically apply the view that as a covenant community they are to live and care for each other. This is supported by passages such as Romans 14:7-8 and Ephesians 4:25.
Paul's Use of Psalm 68:18 in Ephesians 4:8
The author argues that Paul makes use of Psalm 68:18 in Ephesians 4:8. He notes the problems that are raised by Paul's use of the Psalm, the meaning of Psalm 68:18, and the exegetical principles Paul used when he referred to the psalm.
Prophet and Teacher in the New Testament Period
According to 1 Corinthians 12:28, 29 and Ephesians 4:11, are prophets and teachers two distinct offices? How should we see the relationship between the two positions? This paper reflects on this relationship and the place of New Testament prophecy.
The Meaning of the Word Sheol as Shown by Parallels in Poetic Texts
The function and meaning of the word "Sheol" is important in biblical theology. Its relevance for an understanding of passages like 1 Peter 3:20 and Ephesians 4:8 is indicated. Further, a comparison is made with the New Testament's use of "hades." The meaning of Sheol is explored still more by comparing a number of its occurrences in the Old Testament.
The Relevance of Scientific Thought to Scriptural Interpretation
Can an appeal be made to science and its conclusions to help us in the interpretation of Scripture? Can scientific information aid in the interpretation of Scripture? Young reflects on these questions and illustrates with examples from Genesis 2:7 and Ephesians 4:8.
Why We Belong – Toward a Theology of the Unity of the Church
This is a book about the unity of the church of Christ, and chapter 1 is a short theology of the unity of the church. This unity is a demonstration of God’s purpose of cosmic unity. The church further displays the unity and uniqueness of God. The gift of unity is on the one hand a mark of the church and on the other hand to be pursued without ceasing.
Ephesians 4:17-32, Renewal of Personal Life
Ephesians 4:1-16, Unity and Maturity in the Church
Is the Old Man Dead?
Ephesians 4:10-13 – The King in Residence The Ascension Message in Ephesians 4:10-13
The Service of Leading
Using an example from the world of music, this author illustrates the kind of commitment and humility that is required in leaders. These qualities are required in pastors as leaders of the church, and fit with Ephesians 4:15-16.
"Grieve Not the Spirit": Sins Against the Holy Spirit (3) - Grieving and Quenching the Holy Spirit
How is possible that one can sin against the Holy Spirit? This article discusses the sin of grieving the Spirit (Isaiah 63:10 and Ephesians 4:30). Grieving the Spirit occurs when one refuses to live a sanctified life. Secondly, the sin of resisting and quenching the Spirit as stated in Acts 7:51 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 is the refusal to believe in the gospel.