What We’ve Been Saved From, By, and For

February 22, 2018

The good news that Paul is proclaiming in his letter to the disciples at Ephesus tells us what Jesus has rescued us from. We've been saved from God's wrath against sin, we've been rescued from death, slavery to the evils of corrupt culture, and that lies of Satan himself. But that's not where the good news in Paul's letter stops. He does tell us what Jesus has rescued us from, but he goes on to explain what we've been rescued by and what we've been rescued for. And if you slow down to listen, you might discover that Paul's news is much better and much bigger than you might have at first thought.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

(Ephesians 2:1–9 ESV)

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Ephesians: Uniting Heaven and Earth — 1:1-8

January 17, 2018

In this teaching we discover the power of story and how it shapes the way we live our lives. The Father is writing a new story for his people different from the story that the world is telling. We are chosen by him to be holy and blameless in his sight. We have been destined by him to be adopted as his children. And this all is made possible through the redemption that takes place in Jesus and the power of his Spirit.

“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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,”

(Ephesians 1:3–7 ESV)

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Ephesians: Uniting Heaven and Earth — Introduction

January 9, 2018

This week we began a new series on Paul's letter to the disciples at Ephesus. In this teaching you will find an overview of the letter, paying particular attention to the theme found in Ephesians 1:10.

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Spirit Empowered Mission: Prophecy

August 18, 2017

Jesus has sent his Church to continue his mission of making disciples in the power of his Spirit for the glory of God the Father Almighty. In this teaching we consider the gift of prophecy, what it is, what it is for, and whether it is a gift for the Church today.

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Knowing God: God is in Us

July 22, 2017

In this, our fourth teaching in the series Knowing God, we learn about God and his presence by considering how he has dwelled with his people Israel. And how he now dwells in his people the Church in a special and unique way.

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Judge Not — Matthew 7:1-5

May 2, 2017

Week 28 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom

In this week's teaching we looked at Matthew 7:1-5 and considered Jesus' command that we not judge one another with improper motives. Instead we are to make righteous judgements regarding our sins first and our brother's and sister's sins second. Jesus doesn't say to point out the speck in your brother's eye, he says take it out. And to take out sin that present in another's life, we must judge rightly and walk alongside our brother or sister to gently remove the sin that's present.  

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 5

November 25, 2016

Week 7 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom

In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Not all who are persecuted are blessed by God. Only those who are persecuted for righteousness sake and on account of Jesus are blessed by God.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 4

November 14, 2016

Week 6 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom

In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of the peacemakers by looking at Matthew 5:9. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Peacemakers are people who work for peace, not through vindication but through reconciliation. The people of God's Kingdom work for peace, not to earn their way into his kingdom, but as members of his kingdom their natural disposition is to work for peace because they belong to the God of peace.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 3

November 11, 2016

Week 5 in our series The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto on Life in the Kingdom

In this week's teaching we considered the blessed life of the pure in heart by looking at Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. We asked the following questions about this beatitude: What does it mean to be pure in heart? What does it mean to see God? And how are those two things connected with one another.

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A Blessed Life in the Kingdom — Part 2

November 5, 2016

In this week's teaching we took a brief look at Matthew 5:6, and how those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are both satisfied and blessed by God. Then we spent some time considering the blessed life of the merciful and the holy reciprocity of God toward his people in verse 7. 
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