Prepare for Gathered Worship | Sunday, May 14, 2017

This week we dig into Ephesians 3:1-8. Here we see that the apostle Paul has been commissioned to declare a great mystery: “the mystery of Christ” (v.4). This mystery, proclaimed through the gospel, announced that Gentiles were not only unified with Christ, but also unified with Jews. This “mystery” is that Gentiles are “fellow heirs, members 

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Prepare for Gathered Worship | Sunday, April 30, 2017

This week we jump back into our ‘Rooted’ series, looking at Ephesians 2:11-16. In this section Paul powerfully expounds upon the truth that God, in Jesus the Christ, has created a single new humanity in place that destroys hostility, disunity and division. All those who belong to Christ–no matter race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status–are the new 

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Prepare for Gathered Worship | Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

“Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” There’s a good chance you’ll hear this beautiful declaration from the people of God Easter Sunday. And rightly so, because Jesus’ resurrection is the outpouring of God’s great love upon his people, and the declaration, indeed, calls for celebration. The message of Easter is that 

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Prepare for Gathered Worship | Sunday, April 2, 2017

After taking us through twenty-three verses of powerful praise to the “Father of glory” (Ephesians 1:17), Paul now turns to a powerful diagnosis of our sinful condition apart from Christ. Paul doesn’t hold back: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…” (Ephesians 2:1-2). Wait, what? What does he 

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