The people of God must exhibit a radical transformation from their former life. I am no longer to behave like the old person I once was I am now to behave as the new person I have come to be Practical Applications
Jesus gifts leaders to the church for her maturity
Ephesians 4:1-6 Church unity derives from our shared understanding of how we should live and what we believe Two keys to spiritual unity in the church: 1. Unity depends on Covenant Faithfulness (1-3) 2. Unity arises from Confessional Fidelity (4-6)
The church’s maturity depends upon a united Spirit-empowered experiential awareness of the magnitude of Christ’s love. Three instructive components of Paul’s prayer 1) Paul’s approach (14-15) 2) Paul’s appeal (16-19) 3) Paul’s ascription (20-21)
Because the church is central in God’s plan and purpose for all eternity, facing opposition should not discourage us.
Ephesians 2:11-22 We must know who we were and what we have become to live out God’s vision for the church Three contrasts that reveal God’s glorious vision for the church (1) No longer alienation but nearness (11-13) (2) No longer division and hostility but unity and peace (14-18) (3) No longer “not a people” but God’s people (19-22)
We deserved God’s wrath but we were made trophies of grace so we might live a life God has called us to live. This passage answers three necessary questions to properly understand salvation: 1. What were we apart from Christ? Spiritually Dead (1-3) 2. What are we with Christ Spiritually Alive (4-7) 3. What was it all for? God’s Glory (8-10)
God’s sovereignty should shape how we pray and what we prioritize.
The Triune God’s plan of cosmic reconciliation ends in grace for us and praise for Him
Ephesians 1:1-2 Only after you find out who you are can you understand how you ought to live. Five observations from Ephesians that can change your life: Background Grammar Geography Identity Security