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You might be a church - Part 1 (8 of 21)
Jeff Foxworthy struck a cord with our nation when he introduced a comedy set based on the phrase - "You might be a redneck if…". Some of my favorites -
• If you think TACO BELL is a Mexican Phone Company
You might be a redneck …
• You got stopped by a state trooper and he asked you if you had an I.D.
And you said, 'Bout What?' You might be a redneck …
• You think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are
"Gentlemen, start your engines." You might be a redneck …
I guess there's a little redneck in every crowd.
Well this morning I'm going to begin a series of messages entitled, "You might be a Church if…"
CONTEXT: As we continue our larger study through Paul's letter to the Ephesians we come to a major turning point.
So far Paul has been developing a theological understanding of our calling. Biblically the word calling and the word salvation is interchangeable.
To be called it to be saved. This is not speaking of a general call that goes out to all men, or even the conviction of the Spirit that accompanies the preaching of the Gospel, but rather the call that results in conversion.
So we might understand the letter to the Ephesians up to this point as a theology of Salvation.
• In Chapter 1 Paul dissected our call from:
o the perspective of God,
o the perspective of the Apostle,
• In Chapter 2 Paul talked about our personal experience of salvation or the call, taking us from Spiritual death to Spiritual life.
• In the last part of Chapter 2 through Chapter 3 Paul speaks of the call by describing this third race - no longer Jew and Gentile - but now Christian, forming the Church, the Ecclesia or called out ones.
• Chapter 4:1 is the hinge where Paul is moving from a description of the call to explaining how it practically works itself out in our lives.
Chapter 4:1 - 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord ...
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