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January 13, 2014

The Gospel Is The Center For All Our Lives

The Gospel Is The Center For All Our Lives

Paul opens up this letter, as he does with other letters, with a greeting and statement of address. However, this is more tailored to his particular audience and primary recipient, the Church in Ephesus and Timothy, respectively.

Paul adds to his normal self-ascription of apostle a few phrases, first by calling Jesus “Christ Jesus” and second by adding “by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.”

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August 15, 2013

Given Spiritual Gifts to Display God’s Majesty

Often when we think of spiritual gifts, our minds go immediately to the passage in 1 Corinthians 12-14, which talk about gifts (responsibilities) that God gives to the people in His church (both local and total) for the edification of the church (both local and total) and the glory of His name. However, I would venture to speculate that while we run to this passage in 1 Corinthians when we think about Spiritual gifts, we do not run to the correct understanding of spiritual gifts.

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August 8, 2013

Called Out to Display God’s Majesty

Paul begins his letter by pointing out that the Ephesians he is writing to are “saints.” What does this mean for the Ephesian Christians preoccupied with a racially and religiously diverse, affluent, big business culture? We will look at three aspects of this calling over the next few weeks.

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June 12, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 8)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 8)

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Over the past several weeks, we have looked at what bullying is, how God addresses the spirit and acts of bullying through Scripture, and how God addresses those who are experiencing bullying in their contexts through His word. This week we will be wrapping up our discussion by ending on a note of identity and security.

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June 5, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 7)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 7)

The fifth commandment is God’s gracious provision of authority structures to a sinful people. This is shown on the foundational level of parents, but also extends to civil authorities, from local police, to city officials, governors, mayors, congress, representatives, and the presidency. What this means for those bullied is that it is not shameful to appeal to God’s provision of authorities. Your parents, teachers, and bosses were put into their position partly in order to help address these sorts of things. Taking advantage of “pleading the fifth” doesn’t always mean go tell them so they can make the situation go away. This can look like a number of different ways.

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May 29, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 6)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 6)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). What is the peace of God? What does possessing the peace of God do for a person? Why does this kind of peace have a guarding function over our hearts and minds? What is the purpose of this peace? Questions like these along with their answers are immediately applicable to the one suffering from others outpour of hate and hurt on their lives. In addressing the first question, what does the peace of God do for a person, it is important to fill up the phrase “the peace of God.” What is it? Where does it come from?

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May 23, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 5)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 5)

Over the last several weeks, we have been exploring how God’s word addresses bullying, specifically from the perspective of the bully. In the following weeks, we will be exploring how Scripture addresses bullying from the perspective of the one being bullied. The one being bullied should take heart and pursue righteousness in their situation based upon four main topics, which we will explore each week: Responsibility and Sovereignty, Personal Peace and Purity, Right Appeals to Authority, & the Resolve to Persevere. We will conclude our series with a reminder of the identity and security of the believer who bullies others or who is bullied by others.

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May 16, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 4)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 4)

Jesus Offers a Rescue for Bullies “Truly this man was the Son of God!” In Jesus’ time, a common way to execute a criminal that was not a Roman citizen was to crucify him. Today, crucifixes are worn around the neck, on bracelets or anklets as pendants, all over T-shirts, or on any part of the skin [...]

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May 9, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 3)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt. 3)

If you are bullying others… Last week we considered how bullies abuse both people of God and the power that belongs only to Jesus, which he earned through his perfect life and sacrificial service. This week we will look at two other aspects involved in bullying: its extent and its judge. The Extent of Bullying: [...]

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May 2, 2013

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt.2)

Bullying: A Christian Perspective (pt.2)

If you are bullying others… There are several things that could be mentioned here, but since space is of the essence, we will only explore four vital areas the Bible shouts to those who are taking part in bullying others: (1) the abuse of people and power, (2) the extent of bullying, (3) the fact [...]

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