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

The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 21 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #245)

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 4:14-16:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.


Paul E. Billheimer said, “The Western church has lost the prayer stamina of the mission churches in Asia, Africa, South America, Indonesia, and those of the underground church in many parts of the world. Yes, we are great organizers, but poor pray-ers.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re going to a mission field — wherever that is — if you don’t have love, you’ll break down within six months. You’ll be a casualty there; you’ll be a liability instead of an asset. The mission field isn’t dying in want of missionaries; it needs ones with anointing, ones with a love that surpasses all things — a selfless, undying, unbreakable love.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As many as 300 soon crowded into the forty-by-sixty-foot frame building. On occasion that crowd doubled, forcing worshipers to gather in the doorway and around the building outside. Many who came to investigate the revival were themselves touched and received the Azusa Street blessing. They became the pioneers of the Pentecostal movement of the twentieth century.”


One of the lessons that we learn from this passage is that the spiritual growth of the church is primarily an effect of the actions and attitude of those who are already in the church. When we try to figure out why our churches are stagnating and/or on the decline both spiritually and numerically, it is easy to point the finger at outside forces such as cultural change, lack of interest in religion, increased secularism, or what have you. But, Paul says growth occurs “according to the effectual working in the measure of every part [of the body of Christ].”

‘Effectual working’ implies work that yields results, not just activity. Joseph Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says that when these words are used in the New Testament, it indicates work done only through “superhuman power.” The effectual work that we accomplish through the use of our spiritual gifts only comes as a result of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit working through us.

The phrase, ‘in the measure of every part’, indicates that each believer (“every part”) has a different “measure” of his or her spiritual gift. This “measure” is the amount of ability God has given each person in their specific role. Everybody is not given the same measure. The question we must ask ourselves is, Am I contributing to the body of Christ the full measure that God has given me? For consistent spiritual growth in the church, every believer must give the full measure of his gift without worrying about not having the measure that somebody else has.

If there’s a fire, and somebody gives you a 5-gallon bucket to fill with water to dump on the fire, you shouldn’t be complaining because somebody else was given a 10-gallon bucket. They might be stronger than you; they might work out more often, and so, have developed bigger muscles than you. You need to focus on filling your 5-gallon bucket and helping everybody put the fire out.

John Calvin said, “If we want to be considered members of Christ, let no man be anything for himself, but let us all be whatever we are for the benefit of each other.”

Dan Damon wrote:

Together we serve,
united by love,
inviting God’s world to the glorious feast.
We work and we pray
through sorrow and joy,
extending God’s love to the last and the least.

We seek to become
a beacon of hope,
a lamp for the heart and a light for the feet.
We learn, year by year,
to let love shine through
until we see Christ in each person we meet.

Together, by grace,
we witness and work,
remembering Jesus, in whom we grow strong.
Together we serve
in Spirit and truth,
remembering love is the strength of our song.

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


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.”

— Virginia in Barbados
For her nephew, Fachad, to be released from prison; for her husband to stay employed; for her to become debt free

— Kenesha in Kenosha, WI
bless her as a single mother, provide for her and her children; give her the right kind of job that pays well, lead her to a good church home

— Pastor John and Scovia in Uganda
for money to pay for their house, blessings and provision for their church

— Julio in Port St. Lucie, Florida
For wisdom and knowledge for his medical education, career and ministry

— Marc in Israel
for safety of Christians in Israel and the Church of Tabgha congregation



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

Dorothy Nichols
Marcus Medlock
Rosa Jones
Cedric Medlock
Mattie Ings
Lynwood Tisdale
Henrietta Riles
Sherry L. Brown
Tamika Knowles
Henry L. Brown III



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.”


Rob Bonta
Reggie Jones-Sawyer
Cheryl Brown
Marc Levine
Autumn Burke
Patty López
Ian C. Calderon
Evan Low
Nora Campos
Kevin McCarty