Even though it’s not really midweek, here’s an update from Stephen. We can’t wait to see you tomorrow as we launch back into our Ephesians series, opening up in chapter 4. Please also remember to bring back your baby bottle full of change tomorrow for Lockport Care Net.
11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
Amazing Race Volunteer Meeting
On May 23 at 6:30pm we will be meeting as an entire Amazing Race team to walk through some very important details surrounding the race. If you would like to be a part of this awesome event, please let us know by clicking on this link and filling out the form. Thanks!!
June 2 & 3 will be our very first annual Boot Camp; Community Group Training. Ian is looking forward to seeing anyone and everyone who is interested in being a part of the future of this church. We believe that God wants us to be a church of Community Groups, and so this event is going to be foundational in continuing to solidify the structure of our future. Please make a point of signing up during this Sunday’s service or speaking to Ian personally (855) 998-9322 ext.701.
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
Download our field guide below and get stuck into it before Community Group this week.
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 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
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
Download our Field Guide to work through these ideas more in-depth.
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.
Download the FIELD GUIDE and work through some questions that will get you thinking at a deeper level about this passage.
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.
Ian introduces the new field guides that were created for this series and walks everyone through them. These are going to be great resources for deep Community Group discussion during the week.
Stephen talks about the upcoming series in Ephesians and encourages you to start preparing your heart for this journey. As the Community Groups have committed to studying this letter, perhaps it’s a commitment you want to make personally too. Watch until the end to see the series teaser.
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As we look forward to Ian’s installation on Sunday, Stephen challenges all of us to think about what our involvement is going to look like at Wilson FBC in the year(s) to come. God has readied Ian for this season and he is also readying his church here in Wilson, which means he is readying you too. Lets spend sometime considering what that looks like.
Ian reminds us of the question to consider this week at Community Groups. What does it look like to LIVE CHURCH in the future through making disciples? Lets make sure we spend a little time dreaming this week about what church can look like in the years to come. God what do you want your church to look like?
Now that Community Groups are finished for the week, we look ahead to Sunday. Stephen wants us to start dreaming a little. What does it look like for us to live church, in light of who Jesus is, well in the future? Sunday we’ll spend time exploring the idea of discipleship and what that actually means for us moving forward.
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.