Where do you go to uncover the mystery of God? In this message, we hear how God’s glorious plan, now revealed in Christ Jesus, gives hope when we’re discouraged. Outline What is God doing? (v1) God is revealing the mystery (vv2-5) of Jew and Gentile together in Christ (v6) through gospel preaching (vv7-9) for the sake of glory (vv10-13)
What makes you want to praise or celebrate someone? In Ephesians 1:1-14, we hear so many reasons to praise God for his glorious grace. Outline Who are you? (vv1-2, 11-14) God’s blessed people (vv3-10) …going to the nations (vv11-14) To the praise of God’s glory!
Saying ‘no’ can feel spiritual - I can’t eat that, I can’t do that today - but does it help us know God in Christ? Outline Don’t be judged …because of shadows (vv16-17) …because of false religion (vv18-19) Since Christ brings life (vv20-23) Mark 7
When we have new life in Christ, all our relationships are changed by submitting to our loving Lord. Outline Marriage Parenting Slavery Our New Life in Christ (The recording at church stopped before the end. The final few minutes were re-recorded later. Unfortunately, this means they sound quite different.)
How does trusting in Jesus change us? The new life Jesus gives means we take off what is opposed to Christ and put on a new way of living and speaking. Outline Take off the old self (vv 5, 8) Put on the new self (vv12-15) Be indwelled by Christ’s word (vv16 -17) (Note: the recording didn’t work during church and so this audio was recorded afterwards.)
Who are you? Jesus graciously offers a new, true identity, through dying and rising with him. Outline You have died. You have been raised. Set your heart. Set your mind. Christ is all.
Knowing God (vv1-12, 24-26) Sanctified from the world. Sent into the world. (vv13-19) United in Christ (vv20-23) Do you have eternal life?
The Eternal Covenant Hebrews 13:20-21 Hebrews 8:6-13 John 6:37 What is a Covenant? Covenant Representatives Romans 5:12-21 What is Sanctification? The cure for lawlessness (2 Corinthians 5:17) Sanctification (Philippians 2:12-13; Romans 13:8-10; Romans 5:5) Summary Holiness or Sanctification makes what God did in Justification real in the heart of the believer. Read more
United with Christ, the Head United in One Body Growing and Building in Unity Living in Unity
Why do we need to be adopted? How can we be adopted? What comes from our adoption? Calling God Father ‘What is a Christian? […] The richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God for his Father.’ (J.I. Packer, Knowing God) Disciplined as children (Hebrews 12:7-8) Heirs of God Secure in God’s love Join the family! Read more