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8/3/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 6

Ephesians
Children and Parents

Paul continues with the subject of submission and relationships.  He goes from husbands and wives to their relationship with their children.  These simple words are not so simple to always apply, but with God’s help we can become better families and more importantly better examples to a lost world of God’s intended order…

7/27/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 5

Ephesians
Marriage, part 2: Husbands love your wives

Paul’s teaching on marriage continues with a long section devoted to husbands.  It is easier to quantify submission, it is much harder to demonstrate agape love that a husband is commanded to have for his wife.  In our sin and desire for control, men we want our wives to respect us; but in reality the greater command here is for us to love our wives with God’s kind of love, do we?

7/20/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 5

Ephesians
Marriage, part 1: Wives and Submission

Paul gets even more practical over the next several verses talking about how families and business are to reflect living lives that are Spirit filled.  He addresses women first and then at length the husbands.  We will look at wives and marriage this week…

7/13/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 5

Ephesians
Spirit Filled Living

Paul continues his very practical section on what it means to be a follower of Jesus by emphasizing spirit filled living.  At salvation we are sealed (1:13) with the Spirit, Paul now tells us what that means. Are you living a Spirit filled life?

7/6/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 5

Ephesians
Children of Light

Paul uses the metaphor of light to compare/contrast how we are to live.  We come from darkness and are called to reflect the light of God in our lives.  Unfortunately too often we find ourselves desiring the darkness instead of the light we are called to live in…

6/29/2014

Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

6/22/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 5

Ephesians
Imitators of God

We are called to imitate God our Father in our most intimate life.  We live in culture consumed with speech and sex.  This section address both of these matters and gives us insight into how God expects us to live in this crazy world of ours…

6/15/2014

Phil Perry

Update from the Kapenko Family

6/8/2014

Josh & Heidi Ausfahl

Missionaries
Partners in Ministry

Josh shares with us from God's word in Philippians 1 how we can partner with them in their ministry to those in South Africa and to those in our own community.

6/1/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 4

Ephesians
Don’t Grieve God

Paul gets intensely practical now in comparing the old and new man. In a series of contrasts Paul makes a clear distinction between the way of the world and the Way of God. It is so clear that there really can be no grey area; we either are living life as God wants or we are living like the world...

5/25/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 4

Ephesians
Out with the Old, in with the New

There is constant tension between what we want to do and what we are to do. This tension affects the unity of the church because we are made up of sinners and our sin natures impact our relationships. Paul reminds us that we need to stop living/thinking like the world and put on Jesus...

5/18/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 4

Ephesians
Growing Up

This section about gifts and growing up is an extremely important passage on God’s purpose and intention for the church.  There are many models and purposes out there, but none compare to this God inspired purpose statement.  The church is not designed to entertain you, meet your social needs or fix societies problems…

5/11/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 4

Ephesians
Unity of the Spirit

Paul begins the practical section of this book—“so what now” is the question he is answering.  Because we are radically rescued by God not through our own selves, because He is making us a new 3rd race—the church, so now we have an obligation on how we are to live. He emphasized the need for us to get along, so will we?

5/4/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 3

Ephesians
Paul’s Prayer for the Church

After expanding on this great mystery called the church, Paul goes on to pray for the church.  His prayer is filled with hope and is often used in worship today.  Paul was not simply giving us a pattern prayer, but telling us the source of the joy in his own ministry.  He loved the church, willing even to die for her, will you?

4/27/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 3

Ephesians
The Mystery of the Church

Paul’s love for the church is the basis for the rest of this book.  Paul is obviously a leader and has a bias towards the church, but he wants the Ephesians to understand what a great mystery the church is. With all of its flaws and problems; the church is designed by God to bring His people into a new relationship with Him...

4/20/2014

Phil Perry

Easter
Life After the Resurrection

Despair turns to Joy, sorrow turns to happiness.  I don’t know if we can adequately describe the emotions of that first Easter morning.  What an emotional roller coaster the followers of Jesus had endured, yet when they awoke there was still great uncertainty.  Jesus gently opens their hearts to understand the great victory He had won…

4/20/2014

Phil Perry

Easter
Life Before the Resurrection

What were those hours and days like for Jesus family and friends before the resurrection? This is an important subject to consider because most of the world is living life before the resurrection. Yes the historical fact of the resurrection has already happened, but it means nothing to them personally…

4/13/2014

Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

4/6/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians 2

Ephesians
A New Family

Paul’s focus is shifting from Who God is and What He has done to what He is doing now—building His church.  Three word pictures are used to describe what God is doing and they build on each other to magnify the special place we have in God’s heart…

3/30/2014

Phil Perry

Ephesians
From Enemies to Friends

We have seen that God is great and awesome with a plan of redemption for mankind.  Mankind is dead in sins and needs to be graciously saved; which God does through His son Jesus by Faith.  Man is made into a new creation; but for what purpose?  Too often we leave it here that God saves us and leaves us to our own devices; but Paul has a much grander idea that he now proclaims…

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