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Srengthening all the Disciples

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The church is edified through God’s word, through the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, through the church’s appointed ministries and through the mutual love, support and encouragement of its members.

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I. God edifies strengthening His people

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Isaiah 40:29–31 ESV
29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
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2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV
3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

II. The edification of believers

A. God builds

1 Peter 2:4–5 ESV
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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B. Believers build

Jude 20 ESV
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
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C. One another building

Romans 15:2 ESV
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
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Romans 14:19 ESV
19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Hebrews 3:13 ESV
13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

III. The means of edification

A. God’s word

Acts 20:32 ESV
32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
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B. The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 3:16 ESV
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
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C. Spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV
26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
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D. Ministry

Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

E. Love and encouragement

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Paul’s apostolic commission includes strengthening the churches:

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The message from the Jerusalem apostles results in believers being strengthened.

Paul’s apostolic authority is for the building up of the church:

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E. Love and encouragement

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Ephesians 4:15–16 ESV
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:15–16 ESV
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
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Examples of those who edified others

Moses; Job; Isaiah; Simon Peter; Paul and Barnabas; Judas and Silas; Timothy; Philemon

IV. The goal of edification

Ephesians 3:13 ESV
13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
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Ephesians 4:13 ESV
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Edification results in spiritual discernment:

Ephesians 4:13–14 ESV
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
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Ephesians 4:14 ESV
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Philippians 1:9–10 ESV
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Ephesians 4:14 ESV
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Ephesians 4:14 ESV
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Hebrews 5:14 ESV
14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Edification results in right living.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV
13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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