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 4:12-13:
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Oswald J. Smith said, “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Do you know what’s wrong with modern preaching? It’s missing three things: one, it has no intensity; two, it has no majesty; three, it has no eternity.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Several from Sister Hutchins’ church attended the meeting along with others in the shabby neighborhood north of Temple Street. Most of the congregation was composed of domestic servants and women who took in laundry. As word of the home meetings spread, the crowds grew. People came to hear a preacher who had never spoken in tongues tell how the blessing of God would come soon when all would have this unique gift.”
Today, we continue looking at the end result of every believer using their spiritual gifts “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Paul says that we do this “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” As we look at what the ‘knowledge of the Son of God’ means, it is important to remember that knowledge in the Bible is not just knowing something mentally. Rather, it is knowing connected with meaningful action. Jesus does not allow us to become more familiar with Him just so that we can say that we know Him better. The more we get to know Jesus, the more we should be becoming like Him.
Some might ask, How long will it take for a local church to attain fully to the knowledge of Christ? If we look around today, it seems as though we are far from that goal. Alexander MacLaren said, “Paul gives no clear definition of the time when one body of Christian believers should have attained to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, and the question may not have presented itself to him. It may appear that in view of the immediate context he regards the goal as one to be reached in our present life, or it may be that he is thinking rather of the Future, when the Master ‘should bring together every joint and member and mold them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection.’ But the time at which this great ideal should be attained is altogether apart from the obligation pressing upon us all, at all times, to work towards it. Whensoever it is reached it will only be by our drawing ‘nearer, day by day, each to his brethren, all to God,’ or rather, each to God and so all to his brethren.”
Our goal must be to learn to live like Christ and to love like Christ. In so doing, we will be moved to obey Christ and to exercise our spiritual gifts in His service. As we draw near to Him, He will reveal more and more of Himself to us, and we will be able to live in the knowledge of the Son of God both here and in the hereafter.
Fanny J. Crosby wrote:
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
There are depths of love that I yet may know
Before Thee face to face I see;
There are heights of joy that I yet may reach
Before I rest in peace with Thee.
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.”
Help her to find a Bible preaching church home, to keep the passion and desire to follow You
— Fred in Dallas, Texas
For You to bless his family, marriage, business and health; grant him victory over the devil’s obstacles, financial success and peace regarding his tithing; bless his mother with good health and success
Heal his daughter from her brain disease and strengthen him and his family throughout this situation
Heal and restore his marriage, help his wife to find love, forgiveness and reconciliation with him; Help him to continue to seek You, mold him into the man You want him to be
— Dencil in India
For restoration and healing in his home between his wife and parents, that satan’s plans will be shattered, for God’s blessings
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
P.L. Frazier Jr.
Keith J. Smith
H. Brown Jr.
A.R. Kindle Sr.
Willie J. Clark Sr.
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
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
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.