Rightly Relating… to Church as God’s Family


Rightly Relating… to Church as God’s Family

December 3, 2023 by Isaac Cundiff, The Church
Passages:Acts 13:16, Ephesians 4:1-16

Sermon Synopsis

As we come out of speaking on God the Holy Spirit, we recognize relating to God leads us to the
powerful gift of relating in all areas of life. The Kingdom of God fully expresses itself in the
platform of relationship. This platform is often the greatest place of growth and advancement
of the Kingdom of God. It is also the area of greatest struggle. As we seek to grow mature in this local
church Body, we are seeking to rightly relate to God, each other, and those around us. Let us dive deep
into God’s design in this relating.

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Acts 13:16

16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:

“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.

Ephesians 4:1–16

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, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 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? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 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, 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.