Almost two thousand years ago, Paul wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus. It was a powerful message that called the community of faith to a new way of life rooted in the unity and wisdom that could only be found through Christ. What was true then is still true today. Will we follow the path that leads to the renewed life this ancient letter promises?
We’ve created a discussion guide for group or individual use that you can download here: Ephesians Discussion Guide
This worship and small group series begins Sunday, September 11th.
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-23
Christians often refer to themselves as children of God, and the letter to the church in Ephesus makes it clear how special that relationship is and to whom it is available. It is a good news message, but in the ancient world it was also controversial. In some ways, it still is.
Scripture: Ephesians 2-3
One core message in Ephesians is that there is no hierarchy in the body of Christ. The grace of the cross is given to everyone equally. The re-born prince is no better than the re-born pauper. In a society that has become increasingly polarized, this message is important for us to remember even when it is hard to practice.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16
The letter to the Ephesians was written to a diverse church and had to address the challenges that come with that diversity so that there could be greater unity. Finding that kind of unity was not only challenging in the ancient world, but it is also challenging today.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:17- 5:20
To this point, the letter to the Ephesians has focused on how the church community can better live into the call of faith. Now, the letter shifts to how individuals are called to do so. This week, the letter is about to get personal.
Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-6:9
As Christians, our faith is supposed to shape everything about our lives, including our families. The letter to the Ephesians offers some very specific, and sometimes controversial, advice about what that looks like.
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-24
Being a Christian in the ancient world wasn’t easy. It’s not always easy in the modern world. As the letter to the Ephesians reaches its end, we get some advice on how we can maintain our faith amid the challenges we face.