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?
The last 16 chapters of Exodus major on the tabernacle. You might wince at the thought of working through this section. Not so with Israel...they were stoked that God would be at the center of their camp. We'll look at Exodus 25:1-9 and briefly study the tabernacles's purpose for Israel and see how Jesus fulfills the tabernacle/temple purpose in our lives today.