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A Life of Love

11/19/17 A Life of Love - Ephesians 5:1-20

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When someone thinks of you, what do they think? How would they describe you, your character? What is your reputation and would there be any parallel or connection to notions of faith?

As we continue down the road of Ephesians Paul’s letter pulses now with what our faith in Christ and God is to look like, how we are to act. Last week, Pastor Mike challenged us with the words of Paul to take of and put on. Take off the old self and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.(4:24)

 

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Stand Out

11/12/17 Stand Out - Ephesians 4:17-32

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Christians are called to stand out. Be different. Don’t blend in. Paul commands the Ephesian Christians, “you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do.” Later, in v.24, he explains that the call of the gospel drives us to put off the “old self” and to put on “the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” We have been changed by the power of the gospel, so cannot live the same as we used to (aka: walking as the Gentiles do).

 

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The Unified Walk

11/5/17 The Unified Walk - Ephesians 4:1-16

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Have you ever had someone plead with you to behave in a certain manner? Parents do so with children. Teachers do so with students. Peers do so with their friends. Walking is not so difficult for the average adult. But walking together; walking in the same direction is not that easy. We can get distracted easily, especially in a department store or a grocery store depending on the “deal of the day”. Often, my wife and I will enter a store and before you know it, we are off in opposite directions!

 

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Why Pray?

10/29/17 Why Pray? - Ephesians 3:14-21

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Why pray? How would you answer this question? Is it just for emergencies when we are in super distress or is it for those only who are sick? Why do we see prayer mentioned everywhere in the Bible in the Old Covenant and New?

 

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Run with Endurance

10/22/17 Run with Endurance - Hebrews 12:1-2

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The first part of Hebrews 12:1 refers to the heroes of the faith in chapter 11. Just to pick one example, we could talk about Moses, who “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.” Moses’ faith prompted him to take action. They were men and women like us, who disobeyed God sometimes, but who in the main exercised faith, and deliberately chose to stay on a trajectory of faith. People like Sarah, and Noah, and Rahab, and Abraham…they’re cheering us on in the race.

 

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Through the Church

10/15/17 Through the Church - Ephesians 3:1-13

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What does your faith in Jesus Christ really cost you? Apart from a few hours on Sundays or a few hours volunteering during the week, what has been the cost for the Lordship of Jesus Christ in your day-to-day operations? In our text this week Paul continues to orient his readers as to great worth as well as challenge to being called a disciple. Later in Ephesians chapter four to six Paul will give some very clear instruction as to how his theology practically works out but for now,  Jesus calls us to be prisoners, servants and sufferers for the unity found in the gospel.

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