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
A preoccupation with self produces mourning, but Jesus paves our way with joy.
The best remedy for dealing with life’s troubles is worship.
Psalm 28 Because the character of God drives all He does, our prayers will grow in confidence and effectiveness the more we come to understand Him. The character of God: 1) Drives prayer (1-2) 2) Ensures the judgment of unbelief (3-5) 3) Overflows praise (6-7) 4) Ensures the salvation of the faithful (8-9)