Over the summer in the combined adult Sunday school class we’ve been talking about reading the story of Scripture with an eye on the question, “How then are we to apply the Bible to today?” There are a number of places in Scripture where biblical authors seem to be doing this very thing, summarizing the story and looking at how to live it out in their day. One such book is the letter written by Paul which we call Ephesians.
“The story of Ephesians is truly the story of God, a drama in which God is the primary actor and the entire cosmos his stage. God is also the primary author of this story, though it comes to us in human words. It begins before creation and ends in eternity. God’s story touches individual lives, to be sure, but it encompasses far more than just personal transformation. In Ephesians, God is gathering a people for himself and his purposes. He’s building the church, that is, through us as a community, God is at work, doing more than we could ever imagine so that the entire cosmos might see the glory of his gracious plan. According to this plan, God is uniting all things in heaven and on earth in Christ, restoring and renewing the whole creation.”
- Roberts, Mark D. Ephesians. The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
Ephesians begins with a grand vision and retelling of the story of God. Paul expands then on how this grand story works itself out in the way we live our lives, impacting an individual’s actions, the church, and families.
As we close out the summer and move into the fall, we’ll be taking a look at the Letter to the Ephesians. We’ll be making use of our blog at www.springcreekcob.org for more insight and resources. We’re also going to try something new at the end of the series by having a time to answer questions that come up during our series. You can get off to a good start in Ephesians by sitting down and reading through the whole letter at once. It will take you about 30 minutes. Don’t worry about analyzing every verse to start, but get a feel for the letter as a whole. Each week we’ll dig deeper into the text together.
July Ephesians Sermons:
July 21: Blessings in Christ – Read Ephesians 1
Key Verse: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
- Ephesians 1:7-8a
July 28: Alive in Christ – Read Ephesians 2:1-10
Key Verse: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
- Ephesians 2:4-5
August 4: One in Christ – Read Ephesians 2:11-3:13
Key Verse: For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.
- Ephesians 2:14-15