Looking Ahead

From Pastor Phil

 

“Being The Church in Our World ~ Ephesians”

In January, we will began our new series in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, “Being the Church in Our World.”

 

Who are we? What are we? If we have been born into the family of God, we are part of the Body of Christ, the church. But a body isn’t the end in itself, a body must… function. And where do we function? In the world where God has placed us. Thus the theme, “Being the Church in Our World.”

 

Paul, from his Roman imprisonment, wrote to the church in the Asian (present day Turkey) city of Ephesus. He knew this church so well since he ministered in that city for three years. This letter wasn’t just for that particular church, but was to be circulated among the other churches in that region.

 

In chapters 1-3, Paul lays out his doctrine of the church, through which the gospel will permeate to all the world, to the glory of God. He writes on the purpose of God as it centered on His gift of salvation. Now we know that the church is not the building, it is you and me. In the last half of this letter, Paul is very practical in how we are to function as the church, being the church in our world. That is God’s call on each one of us.

 

We are the church so well described in Ephesians 2:19-22.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

 

I trust this series will be impacting as we again, see who we are and how we are to function in our world, for the sake of the gospel.

 

May 14 ~ Mother's Day "Great Marital Relationships are Built on Our Relationship with Christ" Ephesians 5:21-33
We will be dedicating children to the Lord.

 

May 21 ~ "Praying for Spiritual Maturity" Ephesians 3:16-21

 

May 28 ~ Memorial Day Sunday "Living to the Glory of God in the Battles of Life" Ephesians 6:10-18, Part 1

 

June 4 ~ Graduation Sunday
Pastor Dan Sommer will be speaking.

 

June 11 ~ "A Healthy Church Has Unity" Ephesians 4:1-6 

 

June 18 ~ Father's Day "Right Relationships in the Family" Ephesians 6:1-4
Pastor Corey Kugle will be speaking. We will be dedicating children to the Lord.

 

June 25 ~ "Healthy Churches Serve ~ There is No Room for Selfishness" Ephesians 4:7-13

 

July 2 ~ "Maturing in Christ" Ephesians 4:14-16
We will celebrate communion.

 

July 9 ~ "Living in the Newness of Christ" Ephesians 4:17-24
Pastor Dan Sommer will be speaking.

 

July 16 ~ VBS Sunday
Join us as we all become Pastor Phil's "VBS class" and hear what he shared with the children all week.

 

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