A Sermon on Ephesians 4:7-11
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, (ESV)
A unity that includes diversity; Christ; the only head of the Church; each member has a function; the analogy of the body; the doctrine of the call : it is always God who calls a person; the Church must never suggest; or call; or put pressure on people in an emotional atmosphere; the difference between 'call' and 'need'; identifying and testing the call; the responsibility of the Church; leadership in the Church; given by the grace of God.