Archive for December 2015

Ephesians 3:14-19

Since the Church is God’s demonstration to the powers of evil that, in spite of their demonic opposition to Him, He is able to save His people , Paul now offers up a prayer to the Lord on behalf of the Church.  He prays that every believer would be “strengthened with power through His Spirit in…

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Ephesians 3:7-13

What is the purpose of the Church?  What are Churches for?  That’s a loaded question, and it could be answered in many ways.  But in our reading today Paul points to a very important purpose for the Church. Paul declares that God has made him a preacher of the mystery of the Gospel, which we…

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Ephesians 3:1-6

There are many great mysteries in the world.  Why does the toast always land butter side down when you drop it?  Where does the other sock go when you put it in the dryer?  Why do people try to fish on the ice before it is thick enough?  But, according to Paul, in our reading…

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Ephesians 2:14-22

When you have been a Christian for a long time it is easy to forget some basic truths, especially when speaking of where we have come from.  For thousands of years the world was divided up into two groups of people; God’s people, on the one hand, and everyone else on the other.  That means…

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Ephesians 2:6-13

God’s grace is so amazingly incredible, it is beyond our understanding and our ability to fathom.  Ephesians 2:6-13 show us the two ends of the spectrum.  First, we are told that God is going to take us to heaven for the express purpose of showing kindness to us for all eternity!  All God wants to…

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Ephesians 2:1-5

If you want to understand the world, what is the true condition of the world and all of us in it, Ephesians 2:1-5 is one of the best places to look for the answer.  God did not create the world to be like this, but it became this way when sin popped into existence through…

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Ephesians 1:20-23

Jesus is boss over everything!  The reason this is so is because God, who made everything and everyone, raised Jesus from the dead and sat him on the throne of the universe!  This is a statement of the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.  Paul says the same thing in the book of Philippians. [9] Therefore God…

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Ephesians 1:15-19

What makes a Pastor happy?  When he sees his congregation grow stronger and stronger in two things – faith and love (v.15).  These two things are the center what Scot McKnight calls the “Jesus Creed”, loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus called these the twin greatest commandments.  The opposite…

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Ephesians 1:11-14

When a person gets saved by believing in Jesus Christ what comes to them in this package that we call salvation?  Our reading today tells us that we receive an “inheritance”.  An inheritance is like an estate that you will get someday when the time is right.  A child might be awarded an inheritance, but…

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Ephesians 1:3-10

Can you envision a world in which everything is wonderfully united to God in a beautiful, harmonious, living Kingdom, in which God is all in all and everything exists for His glory and honor?  In our reading today that is exactly what we see as Paul goes “big picture” on us and shows what is…

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