Ephesians

Generational Discipleship

On Father’s Day this year (6/18/2017), I had the privilege of preaching at my church (First Baptist Tuscaloosa). The sermon title was “Generational Discipleship” from Deuteronomy 6, Luke 9 & 14, Psalm 78, Judges 2, and Ephesians 4.

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Foreigners No More

“But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” ~ Ephesians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭CSB‬‬

What a glorious truth of the gospel! Though we were once far away, Jesus has brought us near. Though we were once foreigners, we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God with unrestricted access to the King. 

“Through him we… have access in one spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.” ~ Ephesians‬ ‭2:18-20‬ ‭CSB‬‬

God’s Rich Mercy & Great Love

“We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”‭‭ ~ Ephesians‬ ‭2:3-5‬

What an incredible passage! These verses proclaim the good news of Jesus as clearly as any other passage in the Bible. 

For someone who sees no need for Jesus, take note that each of us started on the same side: as enemies of God and children of wrath. 

For the Christian, we are reminded that we were dead in our sins but were made alive by the richness of God’s mercy and the greatness of His love. We must not pretend that we are better than those unredeemed. Our redemption came, not from our own efforts or goodness (Ephesians 2:8-9), but from God’s mercy, grace, and love. 

May we never lose perspective of the darkness from which we were all brought into light. 

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