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Oct29
EPHESIANS
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 1: 3-14
Date: Oct 29th, 2017
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- Ephesians –


 


The VISION of the responsible parent is


to SEE their children become responsible adults,


in Earthly and in Eternal matters.


 


OUR APPROACH TO EPHESIANS


 


Question #1 = “What Does God SEE?”


   - God’s VISION: Spiritually Mature Believers _His Highest Intent


   - cf. Jer. 29:11-13a; John10:10 _our need to SEE as God sees


 


Question #2 = “What is Paul’s Role?”


   - Paul’s Authority (1:1): sent with credentials to represent God


   = our ‘spiritual director’ _by example and by teaching


   - Background: Paul’s Missionary Journeys (Acts 18:20-21; 19;


                           20:17-38 _spent 3 years with them  31)


Consider: Paul was not merely a Coach, a Mentor, or a “father in the


                 Faith”…more than this, he was an “Apostle” => speaking


                 the Words/Mind/Vision of God to US


               : God-appointed 4:11; 2:21,22; 3:1-13


               : Paul’s Intention 4:11,12 cf. Col.1:28, 29 = FOCUSED


 


Question #3 = “How do I Get There?”


   - Ephesians = Believer’s / Church’s Growth Manual


   - Note: Maturity is not experienced Alone, rather TOGETHER


               cf. 3:14 – “we all” = we need one another


 


Question #4 = “Do I Get It?”


***not merely an academic exercise or discipline


   - I get it by God speaking to ME. – His Word


   - I get it by God’s Spirit enabling me. – understanding & power


                            “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.”


   - I get it by Surrendering to God’s Way. – the Will to Obey


PRAYER: “Lord, help me!”  - Paul’s Prayers  1:17-19a; 3:14-19


          cf. Phil. 2:13 - God helping us take responsibility to Grow


                                - Earnestness, Intentional, Discipline


 


 


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OVERVIEW OF EPHESIANS


***A variety of outlines summarize the content of Paul’s letter.


 


            1:1-3:21                             4:1-6:9                           6:10-24


             Wealth                                Walk                            Warfare


            Blessings                          Behaviour                         Battle


         Appreciation                      Adjustments                      Armed


         Created:                              Conduct:                          Conflict:


             “in Christ”                         like Christ                        as Christ


           Resurrected                         Renewed                          Ready


            Position:                            Practice:                       Protection:


              “in Christ”                         like Christ                         as Christ


Note:           1:3                                     4:1                                 6:10


- written during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment in A.D. 60-62 


- no problems dealt with in this letter, rather a preventative intent


  by encouraging the believers to MATURE


 


THE FLOW OF EPHESIANS


 


1. “How BLESSED I am!”   _Appreciation


2. “What must I DO?”   _Adjustments


3. “How can I STAND?”   _Armed


POINT: God’s VISION for us becomes our VISION for us


              ->take ownership for becoming like Jesus with the


                help of God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s People


 


THEME: Mature in Christ _Grow Up Spiritually


 


KEY VERSES:  2:8-10 = God creates us for a Purpose


                           2:21-22 = “rises to become…built together to become”


                           4:12, 13 = “may be built up…become mature, attaining


                                         to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”


                           6:13 = “to stand”


 


Ephesians 3:14-21