The book of Ephesians - really, it is a letter that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to the church in Ephesus - is filled with deep theological themes, practical Christian-living advice, and solid moral instructions. It shows what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, what God's plan is in the spreading of that good news, and how people can live a life that is worthy of those things.
Our study in Ephesians consists of 14 weeks of messages, which will be posted as we go through it, and a causal Bible study held at Friends in Faith on Tuesday's at 7:00. You're invited to attend both of these or feel free to watch the messages as they are posted. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!
What are God's blessings? A good job? A healthy family? A safe trip? Although those are blessings that come from God and we should be thankful for them, God gives us more - much more! This message looks at several spiritual blessings that believers have through Jesus.
Often, we pray about the things going on in our present lives and in the lives of those around us. While praying about material things isn't wrong, should there be more to our prayer lives?
Two important questions to ask is where are you going and how you are going to get there. This message looks at how trusting Jesus for eternal life is the only way anyone can go to heaven.
Time has a way of erasing memories. While this can be good, it also means that we can forget about what God has done for us. In this passage, Paul tells the Ephesian church to remember the blessings that God has given to them.
What makes church a big deal? Is it the size, the quality of the service, or the good done in a community? Or, is it what God does with it? This message discusses God grand plan and what He receives from His churches.
What does God want for us? This passage records a prayer for the Ephesian church from the Apostle Paul. So, we can be sure that the things that Paul prayed for are things that God wants to accomplish in our lives.
We believers have a tremendous amount of spiritual blessings from God. Because of that, what should we be doing in this life? In this passage, Paul discusses attitudes the Ephesian church needed so that God's Word could work in and through them.
Believers should have a different lifestyle because we are different. But, what exactly is that difference, and how can we do it? This passage shows how the Ephesians need to walk differently than the rest of the Gentiles, and how we can allow God to work internally in us.
It is important for believers to not only do the right things in their Christian walk, but also to do them for the right reason - love! This message shows how believers are instructed to live a life of love because it is a reflection of our Heavenly Father.
Most Christians would say that doing good things is important. But, what are those good things, and why should a Christian do them? In this passage, we see that believers are to pattern their lives to reflect the character of our Heavenly Father.
We live in a time that the Bible describes as "the days are evil." Because of this, it important for a Christian to pay attention to the way they live their life. This message talks about how we need to be careful to walk in wisdom, avoiding bad influences and accepting good ones, so that we can make the most of our time on earth.
The relationship between Christ and His church can be described with two words: love and submission. This message looks at the relationship between Jesus and His church from the perspective of Jesus having a self-sacrificial love for us, and how a church should respond by submitting to the Word of God.
The most important thing for a Christian family to have is Christ in it. This message looks at how a family can have Christ in it by following Jesus' instructions for husbands, wives, children and parents.
An army unprepared is an army that's already defeated. We Christians are in a war, but do we even know with who or how to defend ourselves? This message talks about putting onthe Christian armor that God has given us to help in our spiritual conflict.