THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: FAITH TO UNITE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: UNITED WE STAND
Printed Text: EPHESIANS 4:1-16
Key Verses: EPHESIANS 4:2-3 (NIV)
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.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Many people search all their lives for something that will make them feel grounded, whole, and in sync with life. Where can they find that something? Paul told the Ephesians that even though they had many different gifts, their faith in Christ would bring them unity and help them grow together in love.
We are informed that it is through and in Jesus Christ that all believers are formed and fitted together into a body with one purpose, which is to elevate and emulate Jesus Christ. As a part of His body we are to reflect His character and participate in His work. Paul assured the church at Ephesus that through the coordinated utilization of the many different gifts, their strengthened faith in God, and their demonstrated unity, they would be able to successfully grown toward individual and corporate spiritual maturity.
Lord, help us to be dissatisfied with remaining spiritual adolescents. As Long as we live, let us never stop growing individually and collectively. Daily let us press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of spiritual maturity in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.