The message is from Ephesians 4:1-6. Paul pulls no punches with is answer: unity among Christians. For the Ephesians (and ourselves) this was no easy task, but this coming Sunday we will see how the Gospel moves us past ourselves and into Christian unity.
The message is from Ephesians 2:11-22. Walls of hostility between spouses, Christians, people in general, etc., unfortunately exist. In our passage this week Paul tells us how the wall between the Jews and Gentiles came down. Question to consider: how do you approach walls of hostility between you and others?
The message is from 2 Peter 1:3-11. "...make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love."
The message is from Ephesians 2:1-10. War veterans talk about buddies who saved their lives. They talk with deep thankfulness and appreciation. Similarly, Paul points us to the great truth that God has saved our lives. His grace and mercy have come to us through Jesus, and the eternal life we have is a gift of unmatched worth.
The message is from Ephesians 1:15-23. God desires that you would know (on a heart level) the deep treasures of a relationship with Him. Without these treasures, our hope and encouragement rest in the day-to-day circumstances of a broken sin-tainted world. But as we see through this scripture passage, God opens up the eyes of our hearts to see that we are secured and strengthened, no matter what, in Him.
In Ephesians 1:9-10 we see that God's plan is to establish Jesus as the unifying head of all things in heaven and earth. As we apply this message there is reason to praise God for His grace as well as reflect on direction of our own lives. Are we living by faith under the headship of Jesus? What does that look like?