"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
-- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Big Idea: In Christ God went all in for us.
A. Paul authored Ephesians. John 3:16; Ephesians 1:1a
B. Paul spoke as God’s ambassador. 1 Corinthians 15:7-9; Ephesians 1:1a
A. We’re set apart. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:1b
B. We’re in Elma for a reason. Acts 17:26-27, 19:1-38; Ephesians 1:1b; 2 Timothy 3:5
IV. In Christ
A. Ephesians uncovers what’s different about Christianity. Ephesians 1:1b
B. Christians always have another address. Ephesians 1:1b
V. Grace and Peace
A. God’s favor radically transforms. Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:2a; Revelation 2:1-5
B. Join God’s rescue plan. Ephesians 1:2b
The Next Step
Has your family ever called you by a name that no one else does?
What’s something you’re looking forward to learning or being challenged in from the book of Ephesians?
Why was it important that Paul referred to himself as an apostle?
If you’re a believer in Christ, how does it make you feel to know you’re a saint?
When do you struggle to accept God’s grace to you?
How have you experienced God’s peace lately?
Read Acts 17:26-27. What do you think is the primary thing God wants us to focus on as His church in Elma, now and in the years to come?
How can we respond to Ephesians 1:1-2?
He is Risen
Big Idea: The resurrection authenticates Christ’s words to us. John 2:22
II. After Sunrise
A. The women expected Jesus to be dead. Mark 16:1-2
B. The women had forgotten Jesus’ words. Matthew 16:21; Mark 16:2-3
III. The Tomb
A. God created the stone He rolled away. Mark 16:4
B. The witnesses to the resurrection did not collaborate. Mark 16:5
A. Jesus’ tomb is still empty! Mark16:6
B. Jesus goes before us. Mark 16:7
V. Trauma and Ecstasy
A. Discipleship is messy. Mark 16:8a
B. This account is still unfolding. Mark 16:8b, 9-20
The Next Step