Our study has brought us back to Ephesians where Paul laid out the over abundance of God’s grace in order to convince us that what he is about to tell the church is not only possible, but planned.

Opening Scripture

Ephesians 4:7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

God has a plan, a mission and a destiny for you to fulfill.

God saved you so that your life would be a living demonstration that…
– His word is true
– His love is living and active
– His Spirit is fully engaged in the lives of believers
– His Power is able to overcome sin, the past, and the stain of guilt that robs people of their dreams

Ephesians 3:20  Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Here is the first truth, He is able.

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

He has more for you than this life could possibly provide!
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Ephesians 4:7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Here we see that “grace” is connected to “gifts.” He has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ.

Ephesians 4:8 When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.

Like a conquering King, Jesus paraded the enemy in chains before the host of heaven and all the gifts, the rewards, the stolen goods, the captured lands were released by Jesus on His church.
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God has a gift for you today. Why?
1.  For the equipping of the saints for the work of service
2.  To grow up the saints
– mature man (vs. 13)
– no longer children (vs. 14)
– we are to grow up (vs. 15)
– the growth of the body (vs. 16)
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The mark of maturity in the church is two fold:
1.  Saints who are walking out their calling and gifts.
2.  Unity in purpose, relationships, and vision.

Illustration:

A group of our young people were in Austin when Brock, who was on crutches, was approached by an older man who requested his crutches when he was through with them. There was a brief conversation in which it was learned that the man had recently had a hip replaced. After departing, Brock remembered a teaching from Jarrod, “walk with a purpose.” The Holy Spirit quickened him to go pray for the man. When he asked if he could pray, the man’s wife asked if he would pray for healing of his pancreatic cancer.

And what took place on that sidewalk was God’s love released through a young warrior to people who God loved.
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Conclusion

What do you need and want from God today?

The most important gift God wants to give you is forgiveness, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Do you need grace? Wisdom? Strength? Knowledge?
It’s all for the asking and receiving from Him.

Discussion:

What gift do you need in your life today?

Do you remember a time that a gift from God came through to help you in a time of need?

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