Identity: I am Heard!

February 23rd, 2014

Position -> Kneeling - Ephesians 3:14-15

Pray . . . Does God Hear? - Ephesians 3:16a

  • King David - Psalm 5:1-3
  • King Solomon - 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • King Jesus - Matthew 6:5-6

Six Dynamic Prayer Requests - Ephesians 3:16-19

  1. Strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.
  2. That Christ may dwell in your hears through faith.
  3. Be rooted and established in love . . may have power.
  4. To grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
  5. To know this love that surpasses knowledge.
  6. Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
John 7:37-38 <-> Ephesians 5:18

What is God able to Do? - Ephesians 3:20-21


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Identity: I am Afflicted?

February 16th, 2014

Prisoner - Ephesians 3:1

Types of Affliction (from Mark Driscoll)
  • Adamic - because of Adam's sin, we are born into a fallen world.
  • Punishment - God judges unbelievers and punishes them for their sin.
  • Consequential - we suffer because of what we sow. 
  • Demonic - schemes/flaming arrows (Ephesians 6:12, 16)
  • Victim - suffering brought on by being sinned against.
  • Collective - a result of being part of a people (race/country)
  • Disciplinary - God chastens believers in order to mature them
  • Vicarious - those in Christ suffer because the ungodly oppose them
  • Empathetic - suffering that comes when someone we love is hurting.
  • Testimonial 0 suffering that is a demonstration of the gospel.
  • Providential - some suffer to teach a lesson about God so that worship increases.
  • Preventative - suffering that warns us of greater suffering to happen if we ignore God's warning.
  • Mysterious - sometimes God, in his providence, has not chosen to reveal why we are afflicted.
  • Apocalyptic - suffering that will signal the end of the age. (Revelation)  

The Mystery - Ephesians 3:2-6

The Gentiles >>> Through the Gospel  >>> Heirs with Israel (The Jews) >>> One Body >>> Sharing the Promise in Christ Jesus

Sin >>> The Gospel >>> New Identity (Image bearer of a Holy God, In Christ, A Saint, Blessed, An Heir, Alive, Reconciled, Afflicted) 

God's Intent - Ephesians 3:10-11

God's Intent >>> Through the Church >>> The Manifold Wisdom of God >>> Be Knows to the Rulers & Authorities in the Heavenly Realms >>> According to His Eternal Purpose 

Approaching God - Ephesians 3:12 - 13

  • Freedom
  • Confidence


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Identity: I am Reconciled

February 9th, 2014

Outside Looking In - Ephesians 2:11-12

Tearing Down Walls - Ephesians 2:13-15 & Galatians 3:28

Reconciliation: Enemies Becoming Friends - Ephesians 2:16-18, Romans 5:6-11, Colossians 1:19-22

Big 'C' Little 'c' What Begins with 'C'?  Church - Ephesians 2:19-22


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Identity: I am Alive

February 2nd, 2014

I was dead - Ephesians 2:1 / Genesis 2:16-17 / Genesis 3:19 / 1 Corinthians 15:22

Three enemies of the soul  - Ephesians 2:2-3

  • The world
  • The flesh
  • The devil

He made me alive again - Ephesians 2:4-6

God's warm affections in Christ

  • Great Love
  • Mercy
  • Grace
  • Kindness

God's initiatives toward me in Christ

  • Made me alive
  • Saved me
  • Raised me
  • Seated me

The truth shall set you free - John 17:17 / John 8:32

Our way in - Ephesians 2:8-9

Expression of life - Ephesians 2:10

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