The Cornerstone of Gratitude and Prayer: Victorious in Christ

May 26, 2019 Speaker: Cameron Barham Series: Paul's Letter to the Ephesians: Life in Christ, Life in the World

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15–1:23

Key Truth: We are to grow in our love for others and knowledge of God based on the firm and eternal foundation of Christ’s cosmic victory and reign.  

 


Introduction:

What are the most important signs of spiritual health and growth?

 

 

Gratitude for Love Displayed and Prayer for Growth in Knowing God:

Ephesians 1:15-19:

“The intercession is a prayer for the realization of the blessings of the eulogy in the lives of the readers….Basically it is a petition that those who have been so richly blessed by God may learn about hope, glory, and power.”

Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians

 

What are some ways in which you have grown in love for others over the last few months?
What are some ways in which you have grown in your knowledge of God?
How 
is the Gospel transforming your imagination for the life of the world?

 

A Firm and Eternal Foundation: Victorious in Christ:

Ephesians 1:20-23

“Ephesians 1:20-23 contains the thesis statement of the letter, Paul’s audacious claim that Jesus Christ is the victorious and exalted cosmic Lord.”

Timothy G. Gombis, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God

 

What impact does Christ’s cosmic victory and reign have on your life?

 

 

Application:

Ephesians 1:15-23 teaches us that:
-we are to grow in our love for others and our knowledge of God
-based on the firm and eternal foundation of Christ’s cosmic victory and reign

 

“The hope of this prayer is that the Ephesians will come to understand the significance of God’s drama of salvation and Christ’s particular place in the drama.”

Stephen E. Fowl, Ephesians: A Commentary

 

Communion

 

 

Benediction:

Ephesians 3:20-21

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