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5 Jun 2013

Chapter 4 -- Perfect Gifts

Submitted by John T Reagan

Chapter 3 discussed the fivefold ministry gifts that are listed in Ephesians 4.  The New Testament contains two other "gift lists":  the Manifestational Gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and the Motivational Gifts listed in Romans 12.  The prophet's ministry relies heavily on these gifts, so Chapter 4 discusses them in some depth.  Because of its controversial nature, the author spends extra time discussing the manifestational gift of speaking in tongues, detailing six ways this gift brings God's grace into the life of the believer.

5 Jun 2013

Chapter 3 -- Grace in Excess

Submitted by John T Reagan

In Ephesians Chapter 4 the Apostle Paul listed five ministries that he called "gifts" to the church.  These gifts come directly from our Lord Jesus Christ and are an expression of His grace towards us.  The chapter explores all five of these gifts giving us a framework for seeing how the gift of a prophet fits in with the other four.  We learn how they all work together to nurture Jesus' body, protecting, nurturing, healing, guiding and innoculating against error.

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