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A message on Ephesians 3: 8-12 for Church-on-Main, 7 July 2013, morning service...

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Church on Main: The Church as the Wisdom of God Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Ephesians 3: 8-12 (ESV) 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in (or by) God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
  • 2. Ephesians 3: 8-12 (ESV) 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in (or by) God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
  • 3. preach to the Gentiles
  • 4. the unsearchable riches of Christ
  • 5. bring to light for everyone
  • 6. the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in (or by) God who created all things
  • 7. that through the church
  • 8. the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known
  • 9. to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places
  • 10. the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord
  • 11. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence
  • 12. through our faith in Him
  • 13. The Unity of Christ & His Church • The Bride of Christ: Sacrifice & Surrender  Worship & Submission • The Body of Christ: Unity & Function  We become One • Vehicle of God’s Purposes: Direction & Progress  Performing for the Heavens • Assembly of Believers: Structure & Capacity  An Army, A Nation • Sons & Daughters: Family & Identity  Ephesians 1:5 • A Royal Family: Inheritance of Riches  Galatians 4:1
  • 14. Family in Practice • God’s Diverse, ‘Multi-Coloured’ Wisdom  All People, All Nations, All TIme • God’s Riches through and of Christ  Mercy, Grace, Humility, Peace, Unity, Love…  Treasure House • God’s Love in Practice through His People  Family is about Love, not Like • God’s Relationship with Us as a Father  Designer, Author, Creator, Sustainer • God’s Plan:  Bring all People back into Relationship with Him • Open Secret: The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
  • 15. Our Challenge • The Church – Who are We?  God’s Wisdom in Practice • Are we a picture of Unity?  Local & Universal • What would our Audience have to say?  Critique or Commendation • Are we on Fire?  Spirit & Truth • Taking it to the Streets?  A Church for All People, All Nations
  • 16. Prayer: Ephesians 3: 14-21 (ESV) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.