In an increasingly materialistic age, it can be difficult to remember who we are and what we value. Our identity, Ephesians tells us, can only be found in Christ. The spiritual blessings that we receive can only be found in him. We are chosen and raised in him. We form together to be the church in him. Ephesians paints a glorious picture of who we are and what the church is meant to be as we seek to teach others these timeless truths. Whether you are a small group leader, preacher, or a youth worker, this volume will help you to communicate the message from Ephesians.
“to make a distinction between application and implication” (Page 54)
“Paul’s letter picks up all these concerns—the gospel, the need for teaching, the interaction of Christians with one another and the church with the world—and he reminds us of the spiritual warfare in which we are involved, not only as people become part of the church, but as we seek to remain as the church. We have much to learn.” (Page 23)
“This uniquely Pauline phrase ‘the inner man’ relates to the centre of what we are. It is what shapes us and drives us; the centre of our identity and life. Here the work of the Spirit makes us more like Christ and makes the great truths of chapters 1 and 2 more of a reality in the life of the believer.” (Page 119)
“What is unexpected is the phrase ‘with all wisdom and understanding.’ We do not naturally think that wisdom and understanding relate to redemption and forgiveness, but without a right understanding of the cross we cannot have wisdom and understanding to live as God’s people.” (Page 48)
“Gospel power is seen in the formation of the church and in the living of the church. Neither would be possible without the initiative of God, mediated by Christ and experienced through the transforming work of the Spirit.” (Page 50)