Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 16 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #240)

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:12-13:

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

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Jordan Groom said, “If God calls you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Peter says we’re to grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you wiser in God now than you were last year at this time?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As news of the outpouring spread through the community, the little home on Bonnie Brae Avenue soon became too small. The weight of the crowd gathered on the porch outside was so great that the porch collapsed. While there were no serious injuries, everyone knew a more adequate meeting place had to be found. An abandoned church building at 312 Azusa Street was available. It had most recently been used as a warehouse and livery stable. The building was swept out, and William J. Seymour’s Apostolic Faith Mission moved to its new home on Easter Saturday, April 14, 1906.”

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In our last message, we saw that one of the end results of every believer using their spiritual gifts is that every believer in the body of Christ will grow into maturity in Christ — they will grow into being the “perfect man” that Paul writes about. Lest anyone is confused about what or who that perfect man is, Paul adds to that statement the words, “unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”

This phrase reminds us that we are not just to grow up in the faith, but that we are to grow up in the faith until we are like Christ. The word “measure” means a rule or staff for measuring. Who is our measure, our yardstick? It is Christ. Until we measure up to Him — which we will never do on this Earth — we are never to stop growing as believers. The longer we live as Christians, the more we learn that there is something else to be done in our lives that will make us more like Christ.

That might sound discouraging, but it should give us an impetus to keep striving to be conformed to the image of Christ. Paul uses the word “stature” to describe this image — that word means “adult age or maturity.” Christ is the “adult,” and we are the children. Just as little children look up to their parents and often strive to be like them, we, too, ought to strive to be like Christ.

Finally, Paul says we not only should grow up into the measure of Christ and the stature of Christ, but also the “fulness” of Christ. This word means “that which is filled with the presence, power, agency, and riches of God and of Christ.” We ought to want to be so filled with Christ and the things of God that sin and unrighteousness have no place inside of us. The older you get in the Lord, the less of a struggle it should be to say “no” to temptation and say “yes” to self-sacrificial ministry and service.

This poem by Thomas Obediah Chisholm captures the desire which all of us should have:

I have one deep supreme desire:
that I may be like Jesus.
To this I fervently aspire,
that I may be like Jesus.
I want my heart His throne to be,
so that a watchful world may see
His likeness shining forth in me.
I want to be like Jesus.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revival Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Dee
Restore her daughter, Jessica’s faith and reconcile them; that satan would release his hold on her son-in-law, Justin; protect her two grandsons against the enemy

— Anonymous
That their son would present his citizenship application early
To get money to pay an able lawyer who will be interested in their case and represent them efficiently
That their deportation would be cancelled

— Arpan
For his and Vandana’s family examinations to go well, for their church, for Henry Sunray

— Sherette
For Neichelle and for Lanten’s chemotherapy to go well, that he would be healed

— Shanae
For her daughter’s temperature to go down

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Pentecostal Church

Sylvia Frazier
James Frazier
Essie M. Tucker
Judith Johnson
Dennis Moore
Leata Bradford
Pearline Sabb
Kathy Smith
Evelyn Bellamy
Kalya Cobbs

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

Brian Dahle
Catharine Baker
Jim Patterson
Devon Mathis
Shannon Grove
Katcho Achadjian
Tom Lackey
Scott Wilk
Marc Steinorth
Eric Linder