Jul 22, 2018
Come Near
Series: Beloved
Ephesians 2:11-22:
BEloved – “Come Near”
               Picture a 4-year-old, standing on their tip toes, peering onto the kitchen counter, and eyeing the cookie jar that lies just beyond their fingertips. Now picture the favorite aunt that comes by and moves the jar just close enough that the child can reach it on their own. She doesn’t just hand the child the cookie but she has removed the barrier. So too, there is no longer anything that separates us from one another or from God. Christ has removed the barrier for us and God calls us to “come near.”

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
 
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  • Jul 22, 2018Come Near
    Jul 22, 2018
    Come Near
    Series: Beloved
    Ephesians 2:11-22:
    BEloved – “Come Near”
                   Picture a 4-year-old, standing on their tip toes, peering onto the kitchen counter, and eyeing the cookie jar that lies just beyond their fingertips. Now picture the favorite aunt that comes by and moves the jar just close enough that the child can reach it on their own. She doesn’t just hand the child the cookie but she has removed the barrier. So too, there is no longer anything that separates us from one another or from God. Christ has removed the barrier for us and God calls us to “come near.”

    Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

    11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
     
  • Jul 9, 2018#SufficientGrace
    Jul 9, 2018
    #SufficientGrace
    #WakeupCall #SufficientGrace
                   Do we believe that God’s grace is sufficient? If God’s grace is sufficient it doesn’t matter if I live or die. It doesn’t matter if my loved one lives or dies. This isn’t pain free. It’s not Pollyanna. If God’s grace is sufficient then we will be taken care of no matter what we face. Wakeup! The worst thing that can happen to you will never be the last. God’s grace is sufficient!
     

    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

    2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows—4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
     
  • Jul 8, 2018#SufficientGrace
    Jul 8, 2018
    #SufficientGrace
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    #WakeupCall #SufficientGrace
                   Do we believe that God’s grace is sufficient? If God’s grace is sufficient it doesn’t matter if I live or die. It doesn’t matter if my loved one lives or dies. This isn’t pain free. It’s not Pollyanna. If God’s grace is sufficient then we will be taken care of no matter what we face. Wakeup! The worst thing that can happen to you will never be the last. God’s grace is sufficient!
     

    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

    2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows—4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
  • Jul 2, 2018#NowistheTime
    Jul 2, 2018
    #NowistheTime
    #WakeupCall #NowistheTime
                   Paul wants the message of Jesus Christ to spread out into the world so we cannot be placing obstacles in anyone’s path. Now is the time for the Gospel to be shared. Now is the time for us to demonstrate our faith. Now is the time when we will know our own salvation. And with that comes all the troubles of this world, “afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, [and] hunger” (2 Cor. 6:4b-5). Wakeup and hear the message of salvation, but remember that we are not yet freed from the pain of this world.
     

    Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

    Paul and his fellow workers experience great hardships and even rejection while carrying out their missionary work. Nevertheless, Paul continuously proclaims that God has not rejected us but is graciously working for our salvation. 1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.
  • Jul 1, 2018#NowistheTime
    Jul 1, 2018
    #NowistheTime
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    #WakeupCall #NowistheTime
                   Paul wants the message of Jesus Christ to spread out into the world so we cannot be placing obstacles in anyone’s path. Now is the time for the Gospel to be shared. Now is the time for us to demonstrate our faith. Now is the time when we will know our own salvation. And with that comes all the troubles of this world, “afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, [and] hunger” (2 Cor. 6:4b-5). Wakeup and hear the message of salvation, but remember that we are not yet freed from the pain of this world.
     
     

     2 Corinthians 6:1-13

    Paul and his fellow workers experience great hardships and even rejection while carrying out their missionary work. Nevertheless, Paul continuously proclaims that God has not rejected us but is graciously working for our salvation. 1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.