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State of the Church Ephesians 4:11-16. The State of The Union  Annual message given by President  State of Union & challenge for future.

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1 State of the Church Ephesians 4:11-16

2 The State of The Union  Annual message given by President  State of Union & challenge for future

3 The State of The Union Tuesday Jan. 23 rd 9 PM

4 State of the Church Ephesians 4:11-16  Self-examination important  Spiritual growth more important than the country

5 I. Historical Example State of Israel Address - State of Israel Address - Deut  Past events - Deut. 29:1-8  Warnings of future - Deut. 29:9-13  Outline good / bad - Deut. 30:11-20

6 I. Historical Example State of Ephesian church Acts 20:17-32 State of Ephesian church Acts 20:17-32 Seven churches of Asia Rev Seven churches of Asia Rev “He that hath an ear to hear”

7 II. State of the Church Local church made up of members Local church made up of members Lord measures local churches - Rev. 1 – 7 churches of Asia Lord measures local churches - Rev. 1 – 7 churches of Asia Measuring standard is God’s word – Heb. 4:12 Measuring standard is God’s word – Heb. 4:12

8 II. State of the Church What Do We Measure  Scripturally organized - Phil. 1:1  Attendance - Heb. 10:25  Contribution - 2 Cor. 9:6-7  Conversions – Mark 16:15-16

9 II. State of the Church What Do We Measure  Other qualities harder to measure  Love, zeal, knowledge, loyalty  Christian living – 1 Jn.2:15-17  Fruit of the Spirit – Gal.5:22-23

10 III. Measuring Points Stated (Eph. 4:13-16) Attain to unity of the faith (doctrinal unity) Attain to unity of the faith (doctrinal unity) Mature in knowledge given by Christ (word) Mature in knowledge given by Christ (word) Not tossed about by various false doctrines Not tossed about by various false doctrines

11 III. Measuring Points Stated (Eph. 4:13-16) Speak the truth in love Speak the truth in love Grow up in all things into Christ Grow up in all things into Christ “Each member does his part” “Each member does his part” Increase body unto building up in love Increase body unto building up in love Edifying Edifying

12 IV. The Measuring Standard Not each other - “...but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12b Not each other - “...but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12b Not other men - Luke 18:9-14 Not other men - Luke 18:9-14

13 IV. The Measuring Standard - Eph. 4:13 Fullness of Christ - Eph. 4:13 Look to Jesus - Heb. 12:2 Mind of Christ - Phil. 2:5 Calling of Christ - Phil.3:13-14

14 V. Do You Help The State of the Evans Church? A ttendance? ~ Heb. 10:25 A ttendance? ~ Heb. 10:25 Cheerful Giver ? ~ 2 Cor.9:6-7 Cheerful Giver ? ~ 2 Cor.9:6-7 Keeping unity? ~ Eph. 4:1-3 Keeping unity? ~ Eph. 4:1-3 Joyful & active ? ~ Acts 2:41-46 Joyful & active ? ~ Acts 2:41-46 Seeking the Lost ? ~ Acts 5:20 Seeking the Lost ? ~ Acts 5:20 Loyal to Church ? ~ Acts 2:42 Loyal to Church ? ~ Acts 2:42 Loyal to Christ ? ~ 2 Tim.4:18 Loyal to Christ ? ~ 2 Tim.4:18

15 The State of the Church At Evans Good Good Stable Stable Making Progress Making Progress

16 The State of the Church At Evans Areas for Improvement: 1. Education Program 2. Outreach 3. Evangelism 4. Giving

17 State of the Church Ephesians 4:11-16 “For the edifying of the body of Christ” v. 12

18 State of the Church Sermon by Arthur Pigman Evans Church of Christ 515 Gibbs Road Evans, Ga Sunday Evening Jan. 21, 2007


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