Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of the most remarkable New Testament documents. It is a perfect balance of doctrine and practice, of mystery and accessibility. A child can understand it at a helpful level, but the most mature Christians can never fully plumb its depths. This spring, for only the second time in Trinity’s history, we’ll be working through this book from the pulpit.
As C. S. Lewis famously said of the Lord of the Rings: “Such a book has of course its predestined readers, even now more numerous and more critical than is always realized. To them a reviewer need say little, except that here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart. They will know that this is good news, good beyond hope.”
[EDIT] (Post updated after Easter, 2016 to show only remaining messages and schedule)
Date: April 3, 2016 – Week 8
Text: Ephesians 4:1-6
Key Sentence: Walking worthy of the Lord is our personal expression of oneness
Worship: One Lord, one faith
Date: April 10, 2016 – Week 9
Text: Ephesians 4:7-16
Title: The Grace of True Church Growth
Key Sentence: God’s grace gives people who help the church grow into Christ
Worship: We are the Body
Date: April 17, 2016 – Week 10
Text: Ephesians 4:17-24
Title: Put off, Put on
Key Sentence: The old self is disgusting; put on the new!
Worship: Made New in Christ
Date: April 24, 2016 – Week 11
Text: Ephesians 4:25-32
Title: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
Key Sentence: Our daily words and works need not grieve the one who lives in us.
Worship: Take my life and let it be consecrated
Date: May 1, 2016 – Week 12
Text: Ephesians 5:1-14
Title: Walking in the Light
Key Sentence: Darkness and its evils are dispelled when Christ’s light shines.
Worship: All Things New
Date: May 8, 2016 – Bob week off, Todd Cobbs Preaching
Date: May 15, 2016 – Bob week off
Date: May 22, 2016 – Week 13
Text: Ephesians 5:15-21
Title: Full time in the Spirit
Key Sentence: The wise believer wants to spend full time filled with the Spirit
Worship: Singing and Making Melody
Date: May 29, 2016 – Week 14
Text: Ephesians 5:22-33
Title: The Husband, The Wife, The Christ and the Bride
Key Sentence: Marriage pictures Jesus and the Church when wives submit and husbands love.
Worship: The Bride of Christ
Date: June 5, 2016 – Week 15
Text: Ephesians 6:1-9
Title: Children and Parents, Workers and Bosses
Key Sentence: Living out every roles and responsibity ‘in the Lord’ can change everything.
Worship: Willing to Be (Twila Paris)
Date: June 12, 2016 – Week 16
Text: Ephesians 6:10-24
Title: The Armed Services
Key Sentence: Put on the armor of God that you may stand and serve
Worship: In Heavenly Armor