And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ian walked us through our last installment in Ephesians; Ephesians 1:19-23. He spent time in the passage explaining how Christ is Lord over all because he gave of himself to all and he used three support ideas to communicate that thought effectively.
- God’s power raised Christ from our sin and now He rules
- Christ is over everything that we value…. whether we like it or not
- Christ is in us…now no one can stand against us
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Stephen walked us through Ephesians 1:15-19 and it’s main idea: How others respond to God needs to shape our response to them.
We saw Paul responding to the church of Ephesus’ faith and Jesus and love for one another through thankful prayer. He prayed specifically for three things:
- Prayers for knowing God relationally
- Prayer for knowing hope clearer
- Prayers for knowing God’s power more
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Ephesians 1:15-19 (ESV)
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
Ian spent this morning walking us through Ephesians 1:13-14 and it’s main idea: The gospel saves us, the Spirit seals us, and the Father is glorified by us. Here supported that main idea with three important truths to remember.
- Salvation is the first step… not the last
- The God who seals us is often ignored by us
- Our guarantee inheritance is through God’s guaranteed glory
Take time this week in Community Group to flesh out some of these ideas.
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Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)
13) In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Today Ian walked us through this main idea: In Jesus’ blood we have been forgiven so that we can live into God’s plan. He talked about 4 important points from Ephesians 1:7-10.
- We have been redeemed because He knew the cost
- We are rich because He is generous
- We are known because He is known
- We are one with Him because He is One
Now this week in Community Groups lets dig into that a little more.
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This Sunday Stephen walked us through the truth about our inheritance in Jesus. He spoke at length from 1 Peter 1:3-5, where Peter says how our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, unfading and kept. This week in Community Groups talk about what it means to inherit all things.
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This week we look ahead to Sunday and prepare our hearts for what God wants to do! This week we’re looking at Ephesians 1:7-10 with our main idea being: In Jesus’ blood we have been forgiven in order that we can live into God’s plan.
After Sunday’s message, Ian encourages us to download a copy of this week’s Bible Study and to work through it before you come to Community Group. This week we are focussing on a the reality of being adopted into God’s family and what that means when we let that sink in.
Now that Community Groups are over for the week lets turn our focus towards Sunday. Before now then take sometime to consider what are some areas that we could be LIVING CHURCH more effectively right now. Use the link below to submit some of your thoughts and ideas. We want to talk about the things your guys are talking about.
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