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David Padfield www.ExpositorySermonOutlines.com 1 Ephesians 4:11–16 Introduction I. While on earth, Christ personally guided His disciples (John 14:25–26). II. After His ascension, he gave gifts unto men (Eph. 4:11–16). III. His church would grow, not by the wealth or the astuteness of members, but by spiritual means. IV. The church was not planted by human wisdom, brought into existence by human will, nor is it ruled by human authority. Discussion I. His Gifts To The Church (Eph. 4:11) A. Apostles were the ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). 1. They were eyewitnesses to the resurrection (Acts 1:21, 22). 2. They were personally guided by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). 3. They left no successors (cf. Mormon “Council of Twelve”). B. Prophets were those under the immediate influence of the Spirit. 1. A prophet both foretells and forth tells the truth (Acts 11:28). 2. There were prophets in the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 12:10; cf. Acts 13:1). C. Evangelists are men who publicly proclaimed the gospel message. 1. An evangelist is “a bringer of good tidings, an evangelist; this name is given in the NT to those heralds of salvation through Christ who are not apostles” (Thayer). 2. Word (Gr. eaungelistes ) was only used in two other places: a) “Philip the evangelist…” (Acts 21:8).
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