March 13, The Body: The Prayer

From the Pastor: Eph. 1:15-23 After saying we're "set apart" (1:1-2) and describing the "process" (1:3-14) of how God set us apart (elected, adopted, redeemed, sealed), Paul starts praying for the Church in Ephesus and elsewhere. The prayer is for the Church to understand and start to rely on these realities - the reality of the massive benefits and power given to us in Christ. If this is Paul's prayer for the Church, it should be our prayer too. Why does Paul start praying? What is his prayer? Why does God place all things under the feet of Christ and how does that relate to the Church? Something New-Memory verse: Last week's verse was Ephesians 1:3. This week it will be Ephesians 1:16 ...
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March 6, The Body: God Designed

Ephesians 1:3-14. We are set apart (Eph. 1:1-2). This week we're talking about how we were set apart. We're covering the process God used to form the body of Christ. Who selected us? Why did God have to redeem us using the blood of Christ? What is this sealing of the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance and why is this sealing important? Most importantly, how should we respond and live because of this process?...
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Feb. 29, The Body: Set Apart

Feb. 29 is Eph. 1:1-2, Introduction to Ephesians. Talking about the main theme of Ephesians, what it means to be in the "body" of Christ, then specially in 1:1-2, "will of God," us being "saints," and what it means to be "in Christ."...
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