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New Societal Standards

Ephesians: God’s New Society

New Societal Standards

Ephesians 4:1-16

Now that we are in the family of God as adopted children we have new family rules.

  1. Depends on the charity or our character & conduct (4:2)
  2. Arises from the unity of our God (4:3-6)
  3. Enriched by the diversity of our gifts (4:7-12)
  4. Results in the maturity of our growth (4:13-16)

A Prayer for Knowledge

Ephesians: God’s New Society

A Prayer for Knowledge

Ephesians 1:15-23

While grateful for the Christian’s faith in Jesus and love for each other, Paul also prays that they would know:

  1. The hope of God’s Call
  2. The glory of God’s inheritance
  3. The greatness of God’s power

Our Great Inheritance

Ephesians: God’s New Society

Our Great Inheritance

Ephesians 1:11-14

How would your life be different if you knew you were going to receive a significant inheritance?

  1. Our great inheritance comes by God’s will through Jesus.
  2. Our great inheritance is for both Jews & Gentiles.
  3. Our great inheritance is assured by the Holy Spirit.

Who’s My Neighbor

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

Who’s My Neighbor

Luke 10:25-37

Have you ever needed someone to stop for you? Has there ever been a time in your life when you needed someone to be merciful toward you? God calls us to be the type of people who give mercy to others. So, what is “Mercy”? Mercy is the sensitivity to see a need, and to act to meet it. Why can we be merciful?

  1. Mercy of the priest and the Levite
  2. The Mercy of the Samaritan

A New Way to Be Human

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

A New Way to Be Human

Luke 16:19-31

Have you even wanted to do the right thing, but hesitated, and never got the chance again? What will we do with the time we are given? What we do in this life will echo in eternity. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

  1. The humanity of the Rich Man
  2. The humanity of Lazarus

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18: 21-35, Genesis 4: 23-24

With this parable Jesus teaches about the reality of the debt of our sin and forgiveness. Grasping how much God has forgiven us allows us to have a forgiving heart toward others.

  • An Unforgiving Heart
  • A Forgiving Heart
  • What forgiveness really is
    • Forgiveness means: giving up the right to seek repayment from the one who harmed you.
    • Someone always pays, on every debt.

God’s Grace at Work in the World

God’s Grace at Work in the World

Jay and Holly Eastman, Berlin, Germany

Hear as Jay Eastman describes an awkward and challenging call for Phillip in sharing the compassionate and transforming Word of God with others.

Acts 8:26-40

  1. A pair of Listenings.
  2. A pair of Questionings.
  3. A pair of Openings.

Discipline Leads to Maturity

The Life of Joseph: Pain & Providence

Discipline Leads to Maturity

Genesis 42:1-17; 45:1-9; Hebrews 12:5-11

God chooses to disciple Joseph to be the Good Father that Jacob wasn’t. The hardship and suffering He gives, provides training to make His sons more like Jesus Christ.

  1. God’s means of discipline.
  2. God’s method of discipline.
  3. God’s motivation of discipline.

Blessing in the Midst of Suffering

The Life of Joseph: Pain & Providence

Blessing in the Midst of Suffering

Genesis 39

Have you ever been punished for doing the right thing? Why should I do good when nothing good will come out of it? Why should we go out of our way to bless others?

  • We can bless others when circumstances aren’t what we want them to be.
  • We can bless others when people aren’t what we want them to be.
  • We can bless others when results aren’t what we want them to be.
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