Message Notes

Message Notes

Ephesians; Rescue

Ephesians Rescue Ephesians 2: 1-10 #abiding #bringing Which would be worse? Being behind enemy lines Being behind enemy lines with no rescue coming In this Scripture we have one of the clearest explanations of who we were when Jesus rescued us and how he went about our rescue. Rescue is synonymous with Grace as we see here. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we realize…

Ephesians; Power

Ephesians Ephesians 1: 19-23 Power #abiding #grouping #gathering Have you ever tried to use something and realized it wasn’t plugged in? Yes No So many times I have personally been trying to use something and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working, only to realize it wasn’t plugged in. Here in the last part of this prayer, Paul describes the power that is available to…

Ephesians; Hope

Ephesians   Hope Ephesians 1:18-19 #loving people = bringing people #abiding in Jesus = closeness to Jesus   Would you get on a roller coaster if you had no idea where it was going or when it would stop? Yes No   Hoping in God (Ps 42: 5) doesn’t come easy for us, does it?  Paul, who writes here in this text, seems desperate for us to have our hearts see…

Didn’t See That Coming; Resurrection

Easter 2016 Didn’t See that Coming; Resurrection   John 20:1-29; 21:15-19   Have you ever said or thought, “I didn’t see that coming”? Yes No   The Resurrection was quite unexpected, even to those whom Jesus had told it was going to happen, and as we look at the narrative, it gently responds to all the challenges that we might have.  Jesus rising like He…

Ephesians (Relationship… Really?)

Ephesians Ephesians 1: 15-17 Relationship…Really? Your spiritual activity would best be characterized as? Religious Relational   We can’t help it!!  Relationships, as rewarding and amazing as they are, they aren’t what our primary thoughts are when we think of spirituality.  The same was true in Jesus day, Religion was strong and more organized and…

God the Son (Loved and Understood)

Ephesians Ephesians 1: 7-12 God The Son (Loved & Understood) Does anyone completely understand you? Yes No   God’s love, justice, mercy, and grace is gift wrapped in the person and work of Jesus.  We are given a brother who completely understands us and loves us beyond comprehension.  Here, we see the work of Jesus which cost him and benefitted us.  Paul, writing…

Ephesians – God the Father

Ephesians 1: 3-6 God the Father (Wanted & Chosen) When did you normally get chosen growing up? First Last In Between Our feeling of meaning and value often times gets assigned by others. For some of us, it is our peers; for others of us, parents or grandparents. Coaches, teachers, the opposite sex, there are really so many people in our lives whom we give a say in…

Ephesians: Week 1

Faithful Ephesians 1: 1-2 How would someone close to you describe you as a follower of Jesus? Consistent or Inconsistent From the moment Paul invited Jesus into his life, he was relentless in following Him faithfully.  He begins this letter that I believe he intended to get to Ephesus and then circulate through central Asia and to all the followers of Jesus he could,…