In a world filled with so much information, and so many doctrines and ideas about the Bible, it falls on God’s people to make sure that they are equipped for defending the truth. We must earnestly contend for the faith.
Living in a world that is so divided, it is a vital time for the church to remember the unity that we have in Christ. Ephesians Chapter 2 shows us that, although we were once aliens and strangers, we have been united in Christ, and live together as the church of Christ, his kingdom, and the temple of the Living God.
Church discipline is definitely not an easy subject to talk about and it’s not an easy thing to practice. But it is important what the church says about this subject, and how the church should respond to situations that warrant some action being taken.
The apostle Paul was always ready to let the brethren to whom he wrote know that he was praying for them. The letter to the Ephesians is no different as he tells them, “I never cease giving thanks for you and I am regularly remembering you in prayer.” In particular, Paul prays for them to grow in the knowledge of God, in three specific ways that we will consider in this lesson. He wanted them to grow in knowledge concerning their hope, concerning their inheritance, and concerning God’s power.
As Christians, we live under the dispensation of Christ, in these last days, and the Law of Moses, contained in the Old Covenant is no longer binding on the Lord’s people today. That Covenant was nailed to the cross, it was taken out of the way as the Hebrew writer notes, quoting from the prophecy of Jeremiah in Heb. 8:7-13. For this reason, we sometimes have a tendency to ignore what God has to say to us in the first 39 books of the Bible, but in this lesson we take a look at two specific reasons why we would do well to pay attention to the Old Testament as well as the New.
Apologies for the late post, but in this lesson from our “The Beautiful Bride of Christ” series looking at the book of Ephesians. Tonight we consider a little bit deeper a smaller portion of the first chapter in which we consider the blessings of redemption and forgiveness, lavished on us in God’s grace, as he has made known the mystery of his will for saving man through Jesus Christ.