A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
J.G. Morrison said, “Can’t you do just a little bit more?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “What is preaching? It is to open the eyes of the blind, to turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God. How many preachers do that?”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “A lady visiting from Los Angeles heard Seymour preach in one of those meetings and recommended him to her pastor back home in California. That recommendation led to an immediate invitation to preach in a little storefront church on Santa Fe Avenue. The church had been started as a split from a local black Baptist church over the doctrine of the second blessing. When the invitation arrived, Seymour saw it as his own version of the apostle Paul’s ‘Macedonian vision’ calling him to a new place of ministry. He borrowed train fare from Parham and made his way west.”
The first aspect of the overarching reason why God gave spiritual gifts to the church is “for the perfecting of the saints.” The second aspect is “for the work of the ministry.” Today, we are going to consider the third aspect, which is “for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The word “edifying” means “building or building up.” It is “the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, and holiness.” Commentators have pointed out that this does not refer to what we call “church growth” — an increase in the number of people within the local assembly. Here, God is looking for quality over quantity.
There are very many people in the body of Christ who have been saved for a while but who remain spiritual babes. God has given spiritual gifts to His people so that we can help each other grow. The concept of edification takes us back to Paul’s description of the church as a physical structure as the word “edification” was often used to refer to the construction of a physical building.
Instead of living for ourselves, we should begin to live with the benefit of the church of God in mind. How can we build up the body of Christ as a whole? How can we build up others in the local church? This is a responsibility for all believers, not just church leaders. Ray Stedman said the fact that the church has shifted responsibility to “spiritual leaders” “has resulted in a sadly impoverished church which has made little impact on the world and increasingly withdraws into weakness, irrelevance, and isolation.”
The only way the church will be built up and remain strong is if each individual person in the body of Christ is built up spiritually and is using his or her gifts for the benefit of others. Every believer has a role to play in helping other believers grow spiritually. We are to encourage others, help others learn the Word of God, and, when necessary, rebuke others in love.
Deborah Ann Belka wrote:
Encourage one another,
hold someone up in prayer
let others know how much
for them you really care.
Listen to their problems,
feel their aches and pains
help them to see that Jesus
has His hand on the reins.
Help them to be stronger,
in their trust and belief
assure them the Holy Spirit
will bring their soul relief.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Jessica in Tyler
That You will provide her with financial aid she needs to finish nursing school
— Hugo R. in Lima, Peru
Bless him, his parents, brothers, sisters, and all his relatives, provide them with good health and enough money
— Marie in New York
For the blood of Jesus to cover her life; for protection and for God’s favour to be over her situation; for doors to open for resources, support, and provision to be able to pay daily costs and obtain medical and dental care; for all criminal activities and actions being taken against her to be shut down; for Tim to find a place to live; for problems with their house to be fixed
— Frederick K. in Liberia
For him and his family to pass the traveling interview and to obtain their USA Visa next month
For You to save him and heal him
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Pentecostal Church
Alfred P. Singleton II
Erell N. Skyers
Lewis D. Stallworth Jr.
Joseph E. Tompkins
James Z. Townsend Sr.
Clarence J Turner
Marthimus J. Van Staden
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE
Laurie Monnes Anderson
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.