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Ephesians – Renewal

Read Ephesians 4:17-24 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT) Paul calls us here to live differently while remaining in the culture. He challenges us to assess our thoughts and heart to see how they align with God’s thoughts and heart, and…

Ephesians – Maturity

Read Ephesians 4:14-16 [Christ] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) God’s purpose in giving his gifts to the Church is that we would all reach maturity in our faith.…

Ephesians – Gifts

Read Ephesians 4:5-13 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of…

Ephesians – Unity in the Body

Read Ephesians 4:1-6 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:3 (NLT) The vision of God is unity in the body of Christ. Within the church, we are called to a higher standard of relating to one another. We are called to be both honest and humble, truthful and gentle with…

Ephesians – Vision

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) The Apostle Paul challenges us in these verses to have eyes to see, to…

Ephesians – Rooted in God’s Love

Read Ephesians 3:14-19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) Paul’s prayer is that we would be empowered by the Holy Spirit, that our lives would be “more of Christ and…

Ephesians – God’s Wisdom on Display

Read Ephesians 3:7-13 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:10 (NLT) God’s wisdom is not our wisdom. The way we (through our sin) have wrecked his world shows that. But God’s plan since the Fall in…

Ephesians – Belonging

Read Ephesians 3:1-6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 3:6 (NLT) The key is “Do you belong to Christ Jesus?” Have…

Ephesians – Unity

Read Ephesians 2:11-18 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both [Jews and Gentiles] to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. Ephesians 2:16 (NLT) Even today in the Church there is hostility between people of different denominations, even different churches. While the importance of doctrine cannot be denied,…

Ephesians – I used to be…but now…

Read Ephesians 2:1-7 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT) Each of us was dead (absolutely, completely, for sure…

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