What do you pray for? It seems that our prayers are often lifeless lists of things we want God to do for us. But did you know that prayer is a primary vehicle that drives discipleship and growth? At least that's what Paul's prayer for the Ephesian church seems to indicate. How does it all fit together? We'll talk more about it this week!
Everything has a purpose. You, your life, your family, your job, your church - everything has a a purpose. If we can figure out what that purpose is, then, I believe we've discovered the secret to joy and contentment in this life. The problem is, far too many of us think it is up to us as individuals to figure out what that purpose is. Thus, when we don't find it, we're left discouraged and out of sorts.
Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus to describe for them how every aspect of their lives serves as a witness to a doubting world as to their higher purpose. What is that purpose? Join us over the next 11 weeks as we unlock this purpose for each one of us.
This week, we wrap up our look at 1 Corinthians 15 and our Resurrection Celebration by figuring out why Christ's victory is completely contingent upon the physical resurrection of the believer.
Many years ago, I heard a term for the first time - folk theology. It is a theology based not so much on Scripture but on a set of commonly held beliefs. When it comes to what happens when we die, there is TONS of folk theology. Everything from getting your halo to riding on a cloud with a harp, it seems everyone has an idea of what happens to our bodies when we die.
The thing is - Paul is very clear on what happens when we die and what our hope will be. This week, we'll turn the corner on what Paul has to say about the resurrection and how it affects us by some of Scripture's clearest teachings about the effect of the resurrection on the person who trusts in Christ. I can't wait to dispel some myths and point us to Jesus!