Friday, August 28, 2009

Starting Ephesians: Chosen by God

On Sunday, I begin a teaching series on the book of Ephesians. I'm excited for at least three reasons:
  1. The sovereignty of God is demonstrated so amazingly in regard to our salvation. He has chosen, predestined, elected, sealed, made alive, and reconciled those who are His. Looking forward to some good discussion on that!
  2. The explicit connection in Ephesians between deep theological understanding and practical Christian living. Chapters 1-3 contain deep theology, the necessary groundwork for proper thinking. Chapter 3:14-20 act as a transition where Paul cannot control his deep thanksgiving and awe in regard to the salvation provided through Jesus Christ. Then, Chapters 4-6 show us how to put this theological understanding into practice. Theology leads to Worship which leads to Christian living.
  3. Ephesians 2.1-10 is my favorite passage of Scripture (Colossians 1:13-20 a close second). I can never get over it no matter how many times I read it and preach it.
I plan to blog throughout the series, looking forward to some good discussion on God's sovereignty, our free will, predestination, etc. Follow the audio messages here.

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