Devotions for December 23, 2016

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Ephesians 4:11-16

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Who grants and empowers the various spiritual gifts in Christians? What is the ultimate purpose of these gift?

Q: According to Ephesians 4, how will the Body grow-up into the full maturity of Christ? How are you doing your part to equip and build-up the saints?

Q: If every Christian decided to hoard their gifts, then what would happen to the growth of the Body of Christ? Instead, what can you do to serve the church like Jesus did?

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