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Ephesians 1:4-14; 4:1-16
“WHAT DOES THE CALLING OF THE CHURCH” entail? The letter to Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul not to counteract heresy or confront any specific problem but to teach and give encouragement to the church. In this letter Paul describes the nature and appearance of the church and challenges the believers to function as the living body of Christ on earth. In the first three chapters of Ephesians Paul shows the church who they were before believing in Christ, who they have become in Christ, and who they will become because of Christ.

In chapters 4 – 6 Paul moves us from understanding our place in Christ to understanding how to live out our Christian faith. The city of Ephesus was known for its idol worship, sorcery and works of magic. The moral decline of the city was well known, it was the center of the sex-goddess Artemis (Diana). At this time the Roman Empire was shaken by political instability, there was civil unrest, crime, and radical change was starting to happen. About half of the Empires population was slaves who were traded and sold like cattle.

Emperor Nero was on the throne and his life of decadence was a reflection of the society's total downfall. Paul as a prisoner of Caesar knew of the moral decay in Ephesus. He was aware that people at Ephesus were living in a terribly dark situation and the only hope and avenue of transformation was the church of Jesus Christ. When the church is consistent and faithful to its calling, it becomes a healing agency in society, able to lift families and neighborhoods, cities and nations to the highest level of holistic living. To achieve this, Paul challenges the Church to live a life “worthy of her calling” (Ephesians 4:1).

1.The Church is called to be HOLY. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). Holiness here is not about what we have done, we are holy because of what we have been made. That we have been made holy through the cleansing
blood of Christ, we must reflect the pure character of Jesus in walking by his commands.
2.They church has been called to display or reveal God's Glory. “In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves… in order that we, who were the
first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:5, 12). Through our words, attitudes and our deeds, the glory of Jesus who lives in us should be revealed. That is God's intention in giving us the Holy Spirit (John 14)
3.The church is called to be a witness to Christ. Ephesians 4:2-3 tells us how to witness. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (see also 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 28:18-20).
4.We live at a time where our nation and the nations of the world are in a revolution. The winds of change are blowing over and about and nobody is escaping it. The world's economy is on the verge of collapse and countries all over the world are debt-ridden. Human suffering, injustice, drought and oppression, hate, and selfishness is happening all over. Is there anything the church can do in the face of all of these huge and almost insoluble problems? The church of Jesus Christ must onsistently and steadily reflect God's holiness, reveal God's glory (Jesus in us through us) and tell the world that yes Jesus has come to transform us on the inside and we are witnesses of it by demonstrating Christ-like love (agape) to the whole world. That is our purpose – That is our calling

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