After a 20-week series on the Holy Spirit, we are taking a dive into the book in the Bible John Calvin called, “The theological jewel of the New Testament.” Ephesus was a sinful city. It was the home of pagan temples, the goddess Artemis, the largest keg party in the world, and temple prostitution. Immortality filled the streets. Yet, not once does Paul tell these new believers to leave Ephesus. Instead, he coaches them up to be mature followers of Jesus who will have an impact in a city deep in darkness. And it happened!
As we continue to live into our vision of restoration at Sycamore View, the book of Ephesians has so much to offer us. The first 3 chapters are about identity. You won’t find any commands. The final 3 chapters are about living out the Christian life. You’ll find around 35 commands. It’s only when identity is established that we can move forward in what it means to be God’s people.
Ephesians 4:11-13 will be the primary lens we will use as we engage this powerful letter. It is important that we focus on what it means to “equip the saints” as we continue to work out what it means to follow Jesus in Memphis and the 901.
Pray bold prayers. Bring friends to church. Engage this book with anticipation that God is on the move.
Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013
by Josh Ross