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Nov12
EPHESIANS Cry of the Heart
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 1: 15-23
Date: Nov 12th, 2017
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The theme of Paul’s letter (Grow Up Spiritually) is consistent with


other scriptures.  Note: Hebrews 5:11-6:1a, 2 Peter 3:18. 


Having taught about the BLESSINGS the believer has in Christ (1:3-14)


Paul now is saying, “I’m praying for you.”


- due to their              in the Lord Jesus  -> “in Christ” _God’s family


- due to their              for other believers _evidence of faith   1 Jn. 3:14


 


A. Prayer of Thanksgiving   16


- Paul sees evidence of his ‘fruitful’ ministry: transformed lives


- Paul reveals the need for being                   and thankful in prayer.


 


B. Prayer for Transformation   17-23


… “eyes of your heart” refers to their total being


1. Paul’s ‘CRY’ that they’d Know God Better 17


- with the help of the                           giving wisdom, and revealing


  Jesus through the Scriptures = opening their understanding


2. Paul’s ‘CRY’ that they’d Know the Hope   18


- through faith in Christ they obtained an                        inheritance


- Hebrews 6:18, 19 – this hope/assurance = “an anchor for the soul”


- Hebrews 10:23-25 – constantly reminded of our hope through the


                                                received at regular church gatherings


- 1 Corinthians 15:58 – our hope in Christ means living for Jesus


                     is not a waste   of time _“not in vain” _PRESENTLY


“Our Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God”


3. Paul’s ‘CRY’ that they’d Know God’s Power   19-23


…know that power in their __________________      


= experience His “mighty strength” when “the day of evil comes” 6:13


- Philippians 2:13 - God works in the believer the desire to do His


                                will = we ARE growing to be like Jesus


- 3:14-16 – strengthened by God’s Spirit  -> GROW


- vs.20-23 = “Need a demonstration of God’s power?” _look at Jesus


- 1Corinthians 15:57 speaks of our victory over                 , and the


     victory we may have, due to Jesus’ ability, over lesser challenges


 


“God, create in me this ‘Cry of the Heart’.”