Ephesians – Part I

Join us for our study of the book of Ephesians. We will walk verse by verse through this letter learning about the incredible and immeasurable blessings of God that we have received and are available to us because of our relationship with God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:3 NLT
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.


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An Introduction (September 15, 2019)

Ephesians 1:1-2 NKJV

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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A Perfect Salvation – Part 1 (September 22, 2019)

Ephesians 1:3 NKJV

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ


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A Perfect Salvation – Part 2 (September 29, 2019)

Ephesians 1:13 NKJV

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise


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Spiritual Enlightenment (October 6, 2019)

Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints


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Before and After (October 13, 2019)

Before and after pictures are designed to demonstrate a “wow and how” effect. “Wow, what a difference!” and “How did you do that?” From HGTV home makeovers to physical diet and exercise commercials, we love seeing those dramatic before and after pics. Join us this Sunday, October 16 at 10:00am, for our study of Ephesians 2:1-7 where we will see the before and after picture of who we are spiritually in Christ. God’s Word gives us a picture of the past, present and future for those saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:1-7 NKJV

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.


Join us this Sunday as we study the most important and misunderstood teaching of spiritual salvation in the world. Understanding this Scripture is essential to knowing, receiving and enjoying salvation in Jesus Christ. The meaning of these verses separates true Christianity from every other religion in the world.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


When we look at the visible church from the human perspective the concept of a “unified church” seems to be an oxymoron. Since the birth of the church as described in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago, the church has been both multiplying and dividing. Some for good reasons and some for the worst reasons. So, what do we do? Do we throw the baby out with the bath water? No! I say we drain the dirty bath water and keep the baby. We can’t change what has happened in the past but we can change who we are and starting right here and right now. Ephesians addresses division in the church by focusing on what unites the church and that is Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:11-22 NKJV

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


When we look at the visible church from the human perspective the concept of a “unified church” seems to be an oxymoron. Since the birth of the church as described in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago, the church has been both multiplying and dividing. Some for good reasons and some for the worst reasons. So, what do we do? Do we throw the baby out with the bath water? No! I say we drain the dirty bath water and keep the baby. We can’t change what has happened in the past but we can change who we are and starting right here and right now. Ephesians addresses division in the church by focusing on what unites the church and that is Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:11-22 NKJV

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit


One of the most important things in life is having a purpose. Purpose gives us meaning, value, direction, clarity, motivation, hope and joy. God created us for purpose. This week we will study Ephesians chapter 3 and discover how we can live life with purpose no matter who we are, where we are, or what we have done. Join us this Sunday, November 17 @ 10:00am for worship.

Ephesians 3:1-7 NKJV

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.


One of the most important things in life is having a purpose. Purpose gives us meaning, value, direction, clarity, motivation, hope and joy. God created us for purpose. This week we will study Ephesians chapter 3 and discover how we can live life with purpose no matter who we are, where we are, or what we have done. Join us this Sunday, November 17 @ 10:00am for worship.

Ephesians 4:1 NKJV

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,


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Walking Together (December 1, 2019)

Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


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Spiritual Gifts – Part I (December 8, 2019)

This is the time of year when we think about Christmas gifts. What do we want, what will we give and what will we get? When we become a Christian, we receive the eternal gift of salvation, but Jesus also gives us a special spiritual gift. This Sunday we will begin to discover the joy and purpose of receiving our special gift. Join us for worship this Sunday, December 8, at 10:00am.

Ephesians 4:7-12 NKJV

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,


This is the time of year when we think about Christmas gifts. What do we want, what will we give and what will we get? When we become a Christian, we receive the eternal gift of salvation, but Jesus also gives us a special spiritual gift. This Sunday we will begin to discover the joy and purpose of receiving our special gift. Join us for worship this Sunday, December 15, at 10:00am.

 



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Ephesians: The Pastor and The People (December 29, 2019)

What is the Pastor’s job description? What should every member expect from their pastor? This Sunday, December 29, we will study what the Bible says that a pastor’s job really is and how every member of the church is a minister and also has a job description. Join us at 10am for Worship.

Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

(We had technical difficulties today. Please forgive the three part sermon)