I am Victorious

April 13th, 2014

I am _________

I am in Christ.           I am a Saint.        I am Blessed.
I am Appreciated.      I am Saved.         I am Reconciled.
I am Afflicted.            I am Heard.         I am Gifted.
I am New.                 I am Forgiven.      I am Adopted.
I am Loved.               I am rewarded.     I am Victorious.

Be Strong . . . in the Lord - Ephesians 6:10

Put on . . .  the full armor of God - Ephesians 6:11

The Devil's schemes

This Dark World - Ephesians 6:12

Our struggle <> The Rulers, The Authorities, The Powers, The Spiritual Power

Stand Your Ground! - Ephesians 6:13-17

How we stand:

The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Feet Fitted
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of Salvation

 Pray! - Ephesians 6:18-20
* In the Spirit on ALL occasions
* ALL kinds of prayers & requests

Peace - Love - Grace - Ephesians 6:21-24

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Identity: I am Rewarded

April 6th, 2014

Authority . . . in the Home.

Children - Ephesians 6:1-3
  • Obey your parents.
  • Honor your father & mother
Colossians 3:20 / Exodus 20:12

Fathers - Ephesians 6:4

  • Do not exasperate your children 
Colossians 3:21

  • Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord

Slaves / Masters - Ephesians 6:5-9

American Slavery

Slavery in the New Testament

Slavery to Sin (John 8:34. 2 Peter 2:19, Romans 6:6-7, Galatians 4:7

Rewarded ? - Ephesians 6:8

How has God already rewarded us?

  • The Believer's Judgment 
    • We will give and account - Romans 14:10-12
    • Judged for our works - 2 Corinthians 5:10
    • Not judged according to our sins - John 5:24
    • Disciplined for sins committed - Hebrews 12:4-7

  • The Believer's Reward
    • An opportunity to lay up treasures - Matthew 6:19-20
    • Works will be tested before reward - 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
    • An inheritance - Colossians 3:23-24
    • Rewarded for endurance - Matthew 5:11-12
    • A crown of life - James 1:12
    • A crown of glory - 1 Peter 5:4
    • A crown of righteousness - 2 Timothy 4:8

Application

->  What decisions am I making today that will have the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God?

->  What account would I give to God today?

-> Am I storing up treasures for the Kingdom that is coming or the Kingdom that will be burning? 

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Identity: I am Loved & Respected

March 30th, 2014

Mutual Submission - Ephesians 5:21

Headship of husband - Ephesians 5:22-24

Husbands: Love - Ephesians 5:24-33

Wives: Respect - Ephesians 5:33

Opposites attract - Genesis 2:7, 18, 21-25

Visual Illustration                                

Custom-made challenges

For Her
          Respect and encourage - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

                    Avoid Critical "nagging" - Proverbs 27:15, 21:9

          For Him
                    Get Real & Open - John 15:15; Ephesians 4:25

                    Love & Listen - Proverbs 20:5, 25:2, 18:13; Romans 12:15 

         
                    

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Identity: I am His Beloved Child

March 23rd, 2014

Walkin' Tall

My words - Ephesians 4:29 / Proverbs 13:3, 16:23, 25:11

It's personal - Ephesians 4:30

Anger Issues - Ephesians 4:31 / Proverbs 14:29, 12:18, 11:9

Forgive as forgiven - Ephesians 4:32

Reminder . . . who I am

Beloved child - 5:1-2 / Galatians 4:6 / 1 John 4:10,19

Who I'm not - Ephesians 5:3-7

Children of light - Ephesians 5:8-14

Walkin' Tall 2

Walk wisely - Ephesians 5:15-17

In step with the Spirit - Ephesians 5:18-20 / 1 Corinthians 6:17

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Identity: I am New

March 16th, 2014

Groping in the dark - futility of old identity & ways - Ephesians 4:17 - 20

Old self  . . .new self - Ephesians 4:20 - 24

1 Corinthians 15:22, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Practical outworkings - Ephesians 4:25-32

Truthfulness (vs 25)
Anger (vs 26-27)
Stealing & selfishness (vs 28) 

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Identity: I am Called, Gifted & Needed

March 9th, 2014

I am called - Ephesians 4:1

"Sit . . . Walk . . . Stand"

It starts with humility - Ephesians 4:2

Peace & Unity - Ephesians 4:3-6

John 17:20-21
Proverbs 13:10

Diversity . . .  I am gifted & needed - Ephesians 4:11-16

Ephesians 2:10
Galatians 6:10
1 Corinthians 15:10
1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 14-21

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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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