Life in the Light
We finish our journey through Ephesians by looking at Paul’s final greeting to the church and the call to love God with love incorruptible. Pastor Joe helps us see the need for God’s love to permeate through our lives.
Paul has called the new believers in Ephesus to live a life that is worthy of the gospel they had received. Now he tells them that living that life thrusts them into a battle… but it is a battle that God has equipped them for. Pastor Joe helps us understand the spiritual battle we are in and the armour of God that is for our good.
As Paul continues to unpack what being filled with the Spirit looks like in different relationships, Pastor Ben will help us understand the way children and parents, and servants and masters should interact now they have come to faith in Jesus.
Paul has called the Ephesian Christians to see that the life that is controlled by the Spirit is a life that is prepared to submit to others out of reverence for Christ. Now he goes on to dig into the main relationships that form the backbone of society to see how this Spirit-filled life changes how we view them. This message focuses on the relationship of marriage.
As Paul continues to press into the practical changes that the new life in Christ should usher into our lives, he calls the Ephesian Christians to a life of imitating God and Christlike love. This life should result in a community that is free from sexual sin and empowered by the Spirit for beautifully pure relationships.
After seeing how God calls us to put off our old self of worldliness and put on the new self in the image of Christ, Pastor Joe helps us see how this creates a new community in the church. A community that is vastly more attractive than any other.
Pastor Ben helps us to see how Jesus achieves unity in the church through gifting us with gospel voices and growing us into maturity.
Paul has spent 3 chapters unveiling the eternal plan of God and how the Ephesian Christians had been given a new identity in this plan as “in Christ ones”. Now Paul changes gears and begins to call them to live lives that reflect their new identity. He starts with their unity!
Paul has unpacked the glorious wonder of the cosmic plan of God in Christ. Now he pauses for a moment to pray that the Ephesian Christians, together with all believers, would know the immeasurable power and love gifted to them in Christ. Jonny Lush unpacks this beautiful prayer for us.
The stunning revelation that the church is the forging together of Jews and Gentiles in one new body is not just good news for Jews and Gentiles, it is good news for the world… good news that is worth suffering for.