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Who We Are In Christ: Chosen (1 of 13)
Series: Magnificent Jesus/Extraordinary Life (Ephesians)
Today I am starting a brand new Series on the Book of Ephesians. Ephesians has been called "The Alps of the New Testament," and "The Grand Canyon of Scripture," not only because of its Grand Theme but because of the Majesty of Jesus Revealed.
This series is going to enlighten and invoke a response to all that Jesus has done for us. We will discover the Grace of God revealed in his Son Jesus and our response to our Magnificent Jesus.
The book is broken up into 2 sections: 1) the Believers Position, chapters 1 - 3, and 2) the Believers Practice chapters 4 - 6. This is important to understand that Position always precedes practice. Practice does not secure Position, rather your Position secures your practice. In other words God does not accept you on your Practice but rather on your Position secured in Christ.
Paul wrote Ephesians around A.D 62 from a prison cell in Rome. It was written to Gentile Believers living in the city of Ephesus. The City of Ephesus was a world class city. It would be considered an ancient Las Vegas. One of the 7 wonders of the world, Temple of Diana, was built there. The city was given over to sexuality, lavish and lascivious lifestyle.
Paul help establish an incredible local church that was impacting the city. People's lives were being changed and Jesus was being preached. Paul is now writing to encourage
Text: Ephesians 1:1-14
I Greeting v. 1 - 2
1. An Apostle of Jesus Christ - everything begins with and points to Jesus Christ.
2. To the saints - to those who are set apart! We may be living in the world but
We are not of it. As Christ Followers we have been called out by Christ.
* Notice Paul uses saints not sinners. Paul now affirms our new position.
* A Christian's location has very little to do with clean or unclean, what matters ...
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