A Walk Thru Ephesians- SOAP: Ephesians 1:15-23

Below is the text for the section of Ephesians we will be covering this week. Please take some time this week and SOAP this scripture before coming on Sunday morning to our 10:45 am worship service.

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Ephesians 1:15-23 (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 theknowledge 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, thefullness of him who fills all in all.

A Walk Thru Ephesians-SOAP: Ephesians 1:1-14

Below is the text for the section of Ephesians we will be covering this week. Please take some time this week and SOAP this scripture before coming on Sunday morning to our 10:45 am worship service. 


Ephesians 1:1-14 (ESV)

Greeting

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to thepraise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 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.

A Walk Thru Ephesians

This Sunday(April 8th, 2018) we will begin a new 12-week sermon series in the book of Ephesians. This letter from the Apostle Paul to the Church at the city of Ephesus is one of the most dynamic sections of the Bible. With its dual focus on Jesus and His Church, we will see how the good news of the Gospel propels us to live in victory in a world overrun with sin.

This book presents clear doctrine as well as instruction for how that doctrine follows out of the worship gathering on Sundays and into our everyday lives.

Each week as we gather together to worship and hear from the Bible, we want to come with minds and hearts that are prepared for what God wants to show us there. Below you will find the list of sections for each week of our series together in Ephesians. Take some time during the week and S.O.AP. thru the section of Ephesians for the upcoming Sunday. If you need more info about what S.O.A.P is you can click HERE.


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Sermons:

Beginning to LOOK OUT

This last Sunday, we wrapped out our series "Gospel Footprint" by looking at Matthew 9:35-38:

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38, therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”-Matt 9:35-38(ESV)

We covered the following main ideas in the sermon:

  • Jesus was active
    • The text says that Jesus "went". He didn't wait for people to come to Him to hear the good news 0f the Kingdom. We want every man, woman, and child in our lives to have repeated opportunities to see and hear the Gospel of Jesu without having to go anywhere. Are we on the move towards people like Jesus?
  • Gospel proclamation and coincides with Kingdom realities
    • We saw that Jesus wasn't JUST teaching or JUST healing peoples diseases and affliction. He was doing both. We must be able to proclaim with words the good news of Jesus and hear from God how we can be a part of His Kingdom reality coming into the places where we live work and play. What would change where you live,m work, and play if the Gospel of Jesus took root in that place?
  • Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion
    • Jesus didn't just walk thru the crowds and miss the people in it. The text in Matthew says that Jesus SAW the crowds and that He had compassion on them. Do we really SEE the people God has placed in the places where we live, work, and play or have we stopped seeing them? Do we feel what God feels towards those who are "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" or do we think they should get it together first? Let us ask God to break our hearts for those He wants us to reach!
  • The Harvest is plentiful
    • Did you know there are just under 55,000 people in a two-mile radius from Lansdowne Alliance Church's building? There are so many people who need to hear and see the good news of Jesus! 
  • Our response? Pray, pray, pray
    • Jesus doesn't just let us wonder what to do about all of this, but instead gives us very clear instructions: Pray. We must return to LOOKING UP in prayer if we want to have the power to reach those around us!

At the end of the sermon, we heard a challenge to ask the Lord of the harvest to bring to our mind three people who are far from God but close to us. Have you done that this week? Will you? Will you continue to pray for those names each day? God is on the move in Lansdowne, will we join Him in bringing the people around us into His Kingdom and our family?

 

Resources:

Books:

Gospel Footprint Website-LOOK OUT resource page

 

Tools to LOOK IN

On Sunday, we walked thru what it means to "LOOK IN" (click HERE for the sermon)and the fact that God has gifted each and every one of us in different ways that are intended by Him to be used to serve his Church. We said that Church is not a spectator sport, but is instead more like a "pot luck" where we all bring that one thing we are really good at to the table and we all get filled and benefit from it. In my sermon, I mentioned that the primary way we LOOK IN is by being in community and letting ourselves be really known by that community. If you don't have a group of trusted Christians around you in your life, LOOKING IN will be difficult, if not impossible. We need each other! I also said that there are a number of useful online tools to help get assessed. Again, these are useful but are secondary to being in a community that loves you and knows you. Check out the suggested resources below, and this week, spend some time practicing "SOAP" in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Check out the links below. Remember, these tests and assessments aren't perfect, so use them, but don't use them apart from being really connected into your community of faith!

What is LOOK IN?

LOOK IN Resources

APEST(Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd/Teacher) online test

Spiritual Gifts Online Assesment

Pastor Jeff