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Ephesians 4
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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
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with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
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eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
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one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
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one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
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But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
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Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
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(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?
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He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
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to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
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until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
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so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
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Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
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from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
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Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
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They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
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They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
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But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
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assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
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to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
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and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
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and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
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Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
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Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
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and give no opportunity to the devil.
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Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:1-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all

Ephesians 4:1-6
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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
2
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
3
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
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one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
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one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

  1. What did Paul beg them to become worthy of?
    • Ephesians 4:1
      I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
  2. How were they to bear with one another?
    • Ephesians 4:2
      with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
  3. What are we to endeavor to keep?
    • Ephesians 4:3
      eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  4. How many bodies of Christ are there?
    • Ephesians 4:4
      There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
  5. What were we called to?
    • Ephesians 4:4
      There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
  6. How many Lords, faiths, and baptisms are there?
    • Ephesians 4:5
      one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
  7. Who is above all?
    • Ephesians 4:6
      one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:7-10

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift

Ephesians 4:7-10
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But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
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Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
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(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?
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He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

  1. What was given to each one of us?
    • Ephesians 4:7
      But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  2. When He ascended on high, what did He do?
    • Ephesians 4:8
      Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
  3. Where did He first descend?
    • Ephesians 4:9
      (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?
  4. Where did He ascend?
    • Ephesians 4:10
      He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Ephesians 4:11-16

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

Ephesians 4:11-16
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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
12
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
14
so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
15
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
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from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

  1. What gifts did He give?
    • Ephesians 4:11
      And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
  2. What are these gifts supposed to equip us to do? What is this to build up?
    • Ephesians 4:12
      to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
  3. When will this be done?  When it is done, what will we all be like?
    • Ephesians 4:13
      until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
  4. If a person remains as a child, what will they be tossed by?
    • Ephesians 4:14
      so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
  5. How will false teachers trick them?
    • Ephesians 4:14
      so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
  6. What will happen when we speak the truth in love?
    • Ephesians 4:15
      Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
  7. What allows the whole body to be joined and knit together?
    • Ephesians 4:16
      from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
  8. What does each part need to do?  What is the result?
    • Ephesians 4:16
      from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:17-19

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them

Ephesians 4:17-19
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Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
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They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
19
They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

  1. How are we to no longer walk?
    • Ephesians 4:17
      Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
  2. What has happened to their understanding? 
    • Ephesians 4:17
      Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
  3. Who are they alienated from? 
    • Ephesians 4:17
      Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
  4. Why is this ignorance is in them?
    • Ephesians 4:18
      They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
  5. Being past feeling, what have they given themselves over to?
    • Ephesians 4:19
      They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Ephesians 4:20-24

Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Ephesians 4:20-24
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But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
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assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
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to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
23
and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
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and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

  1. For us to be different, what is necessary?
    • Ephesians 4:20
      But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
      Ephesians 4:21
      assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
  2. Why must we put off our former conduct?
    • Ephesians 4:22
      to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
  3. How are we to be renewed?
    • Ephesians 4:23
      and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
  4. How is the new man created?  What results?
    • Ephesians 4:24
      and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:25-32

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you

Ephesians 4:25-32
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Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
26
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27
and give no opportunity to the devil.
28
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

  1. How are we to speak to our neighbor?
    • Ephesians 4:25
      Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
  2. Why?
    • Ephesians 4:25
      Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
  3. When we are angry, what are we not to do?
    • Ephesians 4:26
      Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
  4. If we let the sun go down on our anger, what will that give to the devil?
    • Ephesians 4:27
      and give no opportunity to the devil.
  5. What are those who used to steal, do now?
    • Ephesians 4:28
      Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
  6. What words should come out of our mouth?  Why?
    • Ephesians 4:29
      Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
  7. Who are we not to grieve?  What were we sealed for?
    • Ephesians 4:30
      And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  8. What is to be put away from us?
    • Ephesians 4:31
      Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
  9. How are we to be to one another? 
    • Ephesians 4:32
      Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
  10. Why must we forgive each other?
    • Ephesians 4:32
      Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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