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The Letter to the EPHESIANS   - united in identity


    Ephesians 1:1-14

    September 8, 2019

    As we open our series in Ephesians, the apostle Paul wants the church in Ephesus to know and understand their true identity as being spiritually blessed. He uses words like adopted, redeemed, and united to define their position – which all comes about because of what Jesus Christ has done.

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  • Pray

    ephesians 1:15-23

    september 15, 2019

    Right after Paul’s lengthy introduction, he moves to a time of prayer for the church in Ephesus.  Paul prays that they would increase in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and that they would grow in their understanding of hope, of their inheritance, and the power of God that is with them in the here and now.  For the church today, this becomes an incredible way to pray for those in our lives.

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  • dead

    ephesians 2:1-10

    september 22, 2019

    At the beginning of the second chapter of Ephesians, Paul makes it clear that humanity is spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins. What can dead people do? In faith respond to God’s grace and mercy and love found only in Jesus Christ.

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  • division

    ephesians 2:11-22

    september 29, 2019

    In the second half of chapter 2, Paul talks about the divisions of man, between God and man and between man and fellow man. The world assumes that we live with division, but for God’s people, he calls us to be united in Christ.

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  • in-between

    ephesians 3:1-21

    october 6, 2019

    In the third chapter, the Apostle Paul is in a place of in-between. The chapters before are heavy on what he wants the church to know, and the last chapters focus on going and doing it. But in this in-between moment, he takes time to pray. He bends his knee to pray for them to have strength, to be filled with love, and to have a fullness of God. May we who live in-between also be people of prayer.

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  • united

    ephesians 4:1-16

    october 13, 2019

    God’s people – the church – are on a daunting and difficult mission to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in a world that does not want to hear. To accomplish this, it will require an incredible unity and an immense display of gifted diversity. Paul will tell us about it in chapter 4 of Ephesians.

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  • futility

    ephesians 4:17-32

    october 20, 2019

    The Apostle Paul wants to have a serious conversation with the church in Ephesus. The topic is the futility of their minds. When one does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, there is spiritual darkness, alienation, ignorance, and hard hearts. Futility does not have to define our lives nor the lives of those we love.

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  • cookie jar

    ephesians 5:1-21

    october 27, 2019

    In Ephesians chapter five, Paul calls the church in Ephesus to be imitators of God – to have the right actions that are pleasing to him. To do that, we must also avoid temptation. Paul mentions four temptations – one of which being sexual immorality. The pervasiveness of this two thousand years removed is incredible. May we listen to the words of Paul in how we can battle this temptation well.

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  • topsy-turvy

    ephesians 5:22-33

    november 3, 2019

    Paul turns his attention in the back half of Ephesians 5 to the family. His challenge is to the covenant of marriage – for husbands to love and wives to submit. Both love and submit are equally needed and equally difficult to display what God has designed.

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  • schemes

    ephesians 6:10-17

    november 10, 2019

    The apostle Paul wants the church in Ephesus to realize that there is an enemy that is scheming against them. An enemy they cannot see but is very real, a cosmic power and authority of darkness. Paul will help us understand how we can be strong in the Lord!

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  • stand

    ephesians 6:13-20

    november 17, 2019

    The Apostle Paul calls the believers in Ephesus to stand in the midst of the schemes from the devil. The way to do this is to put on the whole armor of God – both defensive and offensive pieces of equipment.

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