Transformed Purpose

Freshwater Staff   -  

In the past two weeks of our series on Identity in Ephesians, we’ve transitioned from exploring the elements of our identity in Christ to understanding our calling in Christ. This shift, marked by the pivotal “therefore” in Ephesians 4:1, directs us to live worthy of this divine invitation. Throughout the first three chapters of Ephesians, we grasp the depth of our chosenness, redemption, inheritance, reconciliation and belovedness through Christ. Now, we’re urged toward transformation, understanding that belief in Christ invites continual change.

Clint Adams dug into Ephesians 4:1-16, where we encounter the essence of transformed living: unity and purpose. Our corporate calling is to Christlikeness (Romans 8:29), fostering unity through humility, gentleness and patience (Ephesians 4:2-3). Despite our differences, we’re united in the body of Christ, grounded in the Spirit, carried by hope and faith (Ephesians 4:4-6). Individual grace equips us for collective service – not just here at Freshwater but in the worldwide body of Christ – with diverse gifts bestowed by Christ (Ephesians 4:7-10).

As a church body, we have also been gifted with shepherds, teachers, evangelists and prophets who are equipping us as believers for unity, growth and missional living (Ephesians 4:11-12). Our transformed purpose, as saints who have been equipped by the ministers God has provided, is to build up the global body of Christ (Ephesians 4:13-16).

In a world filled with false doctrines and deceitful schemes, our task is to navigate with discernment, anchored in truth and love (Ephesians 4:15-16). And through that – the equipping the God has provided and the individual gifting he’s given us – we are able to fulfill our transformed purpose of building up the body of Christ as we pursue our high calling of Christlikeness.

Reflection Questions

Throughout his message, Clint provided us with the following five reflection questions for us to consider:

  1. Have I embraced God’s call on my life?
  2. How eager am I to maintain the unity of the Spirit?
  3. Am I taking full advantage of the equipping ministers God has given me?
  4. What work has God given me to build up the body of Christ?
  5. What waves of false doctrine, what winds of deception are beating on our boat?
Watch the Message
  • “O Praise The Name (Anástasis)”
  • “My King Forever”
  • “King of Kings”