“Being The Church in Our World ~ Ephesians”
On January 8, we will begin our new series in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, “Being the Church in Our World,” which, Lord willing, will be followed by a study of 1 Peter, “Taking Our Stand in Our World.”
Who are we? What are we? If we have been born into the family of God, we are part of the Body of Christ, the church. But a body isn’t the end in itself, a body must … function. And where do we function? In the world where God has placed us. Thus the theme, “Being the Church in Our World.”
Paul, from his Roman imprisonment, wrote to the church in the Asian (present day Turkey) city of Ephesus. He knew this church so well since he ministered in that city for three years. This letter wasn’t just for that particular church, but was to be circulated among the other churches in that region.
In chapters 1-3, Paul lays out his doctrine of the church, through which the gospel will permeate to all the world, to the glory of God. He writes on the purpose of God as it centered on His gift of salvation. Now we know that the church is not the building, it is you and me. In the last half of this letter, Paul is very practical in how we are to function as the church, being the church in our world. That is God’s call on each one of us.
We are the church so well described in Ephesians 2:19-22.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
I trust this series will be impacting as we again, see who we are and how we are to function in our world, for the sake of the gospel.
March 26 ~ “Our Oneness in Christ Brings Peace” Ephesians 2:14-18
April 2 ~ “Our Oneness in Christ Brings Unity” Ephesians 2:19-22
We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
Now we come to the most significant week in the life of the church
April 9 ~ Palm Sunday
April 13 ~ Maundy-Thursday Service, 7:00 pm
It is a joy to have a representative from Jews for Jesus with us who will present “Christ in the Passover.” Experience a traditional Jewish Passover Seder revealing the link between the ancient Festival of Redemption and Christ as the Lamb of God that will deepen your communion experience. The missionary will use Scripture as well as visual items to walk through the Seder, weaving the story of the Exodus together with the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The words He spoke in the upper room come alive as each Hebraic item is carefully explained. We will finish this powerful presentation by celebrating communion.
April 16 ~ Easter, 9:00 & 10:35 am
“The Impact of the Resurrection of Jesus” Matthew 28
Kit Stull, Chapel member, will share his faith story. At age 13, Kit took up an agnostic belief about God but still searched for truth. Although he searched in the "wrong places," God still spoke in his life in various ways. Finally, when Kit's life became very low, God used music to reach into his soul and show him truth. Come hear how the resurrected Jesus impacted his life.