Ephesians 4: 17-24
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” (Romans 10:14–15)
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(Ephesians 6:1-9) As we near the end of his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul continues to show how the gospel has the power to work down into every aspect of our lives. In this passage we look at his instructions to parents & children, and then masters & slaves and see a couple things. First, that because of the gospel, we all have mutual responsibility to care for those we're in relationship with. And second, that God created authority structures within the fabric of creation in order to teach us about our relationship with him.
(Ephesians 5:22-33) Throughout the second half his letter to the Ephesians church Paul has been teaching them how to "live a life worthy of the calling they have received" in Christ Jesus (4:1). In 5:1 he tells them, "be imitators of God, as beloved children". In our passage this morning Paul takes these commands and applies within the specific context of the marriage relationship between husbands and wives.
(Ephesians 5:1-14) The Apostle Paul continues to walk us through what it looks like for the gospel to integrate into every aspect of our lives. In this passage he focuses on what we do with our bodies and calls us to live as children of light who seek to live as is pleasing to the Lord.
(Ephesians 4:25-5:2) On this Easter Sunday we take a look at a passage pull of practical instruction from Paul to the Ephesian churches. While it's not an obvious Easter passage, looking at Paul's instruction through the reality of Jesus' resurrection allows us to see that only because Easter is true and Jesus is alive can we have the power to live Resurrection Lives.
(Ephesians 4:17-24) This week Paul continues to unpack for us what it looks like to "live a life worthy of the calling" we have received as Christians. It begins with recognizing that our actions flow out of the way we view and understand the world. Therefore, he calls on us to "take off" our old way of thinking, prior to knowing Jesus, and to "put on" the new self we have been made in Christ.
(Ephesians 4:1-16) Chapter 4 marks the turning point in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. For the first three chapters he unfolded the glorious riches of the gospel, of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Now in chapter 4 and through the end of the book Paul expounds on the implications of that gospel on the Christian's individual life. Or as he calls it, "walking worthy of the calling we have received in Christ."
(Ephesians 3:14-21) This prayer marks the end of the first half of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. It is Paul's passionate prayer that the church would know the full orbed love of Jesus for them.
(Ephesians 3:1-13) In this unique section of Ephesians Paul breaks off from his main line of thoughts into an extended digression. But within it he shows the deep work of the grace and forgiveness of God in his own life and how the presence of the church in the world is a sign of God's ultimate victory.
(Ephesians 2:17-22) Our last sermon in Ephesians (2:11-16) touched on the topic of reconciliation and how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ fundamentally changes the way we relate to all others who are "in Christ". Today we continue that theme as Paul gives us three word pictures to help us understand what God has made us in his church: one new nation, one new family, one new temple.
(Ephesians 2:11-16) Last week we saw how the redemptive plan of God that reached its climax in Jesus Christ connects and changes our lives in the present. Today we see how that change in our lives then moves out from us and fundamentally changes the way we relate to others who are "in Christ".
(Ephesians 2:1-10) As Paul continues to unfold the riches of the gospel for us, he now turns to answer the question: How does this redemptive plan of God, stretching from one end of history to the other, that reached its pinnacle in Jesus Christ, now affect me in 2011? As he answers this question he also reveals the depths out of which we have been saved and the heights to which we have been lifted up "in Christ".
(Ephesians 1:15-23) Last week we talked about the sweeping plan of God to redeem and restore all things that reached from one end of history to the other. This week Paul shows us the God behind the plan so that we can be awe struck by his grace and power.
(Ephesians 1:3-14) This week we look at an amazing passage where the apostle Paul lays out for us the unfolding redemption plan of God that spans from one end of history to the other. While he touches on some difficult topics, Paul is taken up in wonder and amazement at the God who has lavished his love upon us. He is able to orchestrate his gracious plan through history and we can rest and rejoice in Him.
(Ephesians 1:1-2) In his opening greeting the Apostle Paul sets the foundation for what is to come in the rest of the letter. Today we look at three words (apostle, saints, and grace & peace) that are important for our understanding of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.