Monday, July 25, 2011

Ephesians Part 1

We started a new sermon series on Paul's letter to the Ephesians this past Sunday which will run four weeks. If you missed it, here is a great video that introducess you to the book:

Ephesians is all about unity: Unity in Christ, unity in the Church, and unity among believers. The Apostle Paul (author of Ephesians) tells us that through our faith in Christ we have all been adopted as children of God. Through our adoption, Jesus unifies us all into one body. The Church (worldwide) is the expression of our unity as well as the way we continue to be unified.

Sort of makes you wonder about how we ended up with all these different expressions of the Church, doesn't it?

Read through Ephesians with us over the next month. Let's see how we can do a better job of truly being the people of God, working together through our individual weaknesses, using the strength that God gives us as a unified body of Christ to make this world a better place.


"For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen"
-Ephesians 3:14-21