As the father of two boys, one of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ephesians 4:32. "Be kind to one another ..." is often heard as I am pulling one off of the other. This verse is part of our text for this week and it helps us to understand how we are to live and act differently in light of the Gospel. Hope you'll join us this week as we see how to "Fight the Good Fight".
We believe that as a church, we will accomplish our mission of making disciples and glorifying God by "Following Jesus Together". You've probably read that on something here at the church. But what does it mean to follow Jesus together? We turn the corner in our study of Ephesians and Paul brings our attention to how things are to work in the local church. Want to know how? Listen to this week's sermon
Back in the 1990's, mainstream rap artists Hammer had a hit with "Pray". In the lyrics, he says, "We got to pray just to make it today." But do we? Can we make it through life without prayer? This week we continue our series in Ephesians and see how if we want to be the church that Scripture calls us to, then prayer is an non-negotiable part of our lives.
When you read certain authors,you get to know how they think and how their writings flow. The same can be said for Biblical authors especially within the context of a particular book. This is also true of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Paul's formula, if you will, is God did "X" to fix what sin broke, now "Y" is also true. This pattern holds up again this week as we see Paul gives us the reason that God created the church out of all nations.
If there is a theme to the Apostle Paul's writings in the New Testament, it's the notion of unity in Christ breaking down earthly barriers that exist between us. Paul writes about this in Romans, Galatians 1 Corinthians and in our text this week. When the world wants to divide, Christ wants to unite.
This week, we will see how Christ broke down the ethnic barrier between Jew and Gentile then apply that to the many things that divide us today
Have you heard of the law of unintended consequences? A prime example of this is what is known as the cobra effect. During British colonial rule in India,the government became concerned about the high number of cobras in the country. In order to combat this, they put a bounty on the snakes. Unfortunately, enterprising people began breeding the snakes so they could kill them and then collect the money. When the program was ended due to this abuse, the breeders simply released the snakes and now there were more than when they started!
There was a problem that God saw before he created the world. That problem required a solution. Thankfully, God's solution not only dealt with the problem but it also had an intended consequence that involves you and me.
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!