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The Revelation of the Mystery (11 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Paul referred to God's purpose in the earth as a ''mystery.'' That mystery is that God wanted to save the entire world and not just one people! The fullness of His purpose includes everyone. This revelation became Paul's passion. He dedicated his life to revealing the mystery of the Gospel.
Most of us love stories about people who discover who they were created to be. Think about all the superhero movies you've seen and maybe the comic books you've read. All of these people have some sort of realization about who they are. They experiment with their new-found abilities, battle their fears, and emerge victorious at the end of the story.
Many of us have been hurt and wounded in the past, and as a result, we can have a hard time responding with courage when God tells us not to be afraid. We think things about ourselves that aren't true and that do not line up with God's heart for us. But as we are healed, we are able to step into our destiny and become who we were born to be.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-7
EQUIP: Understanding the mystery of God's purpose
Have your group read EPHESIANS 3:1-7 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: God gave Paul a great revelation: Salvation for all people
- Jesus died to save everyone: every race, every culture. But that was not always clear to God's people.
- The apostle Paul's controversial calling was to preach that the Gospel was for all people (Eph. 3:6), and it rocked the Church at that time.
Are you familiar with the biblical story of Gideon? It is found in JUDGES 6-8. Here is this guy who has nothing going for him. He considers himself to be the most unimportant member of his father's house, and his father's house is the weakest house in their tribe (6:15). Gideon does not think he has anything to offer anybody.
But God calls him a migh ...
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