Ephesians – 6:21-23: Grace to All

This session concludes our teaching on Ephesians. As Paul met with the Ephesian elders he said “I am here to testify to the gospel of God’s grace”. Ephesians is a book all about the grace of God. It ends with grace as well. It is God’s grace that equips us to live abundant, productive lives. We have been placed into the body called the “church”. In this body, we belong to one another – one in Christ. This grace empowers us to love Jesus Christ with an incorruptible love. It is not corrupted by the world, nor does it deteriorate. It is living and growing and animated by God’s love for us.

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Victory in Jesus Christ

One of the things that Paul addresses in his letters is the resurrection of the body. And a question that people ask is if we’ll recognize people in Heaven. Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 15:35 to answer that question. “But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?'” and in vs. 42-44 “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” * What does it mean that “no one seeks God”?
* Is that what Jesus meant when he said “you must be born again OF THE SPIRIT” …. does that mean it’s only a spiritual body? 1 Corinthians 15:53 * What domes first regeneration or faith?
* Will my Mormon friend be in Heaven with me?

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The Full Gospel

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in human history. It changed the world and gave us hope. Not only was Jesus raised from the dead, you too were raised to walk in the newness of life. This changes everything. Thank God for the cross but don’t miss out on the power of the resurrection in your life. It is the core of who you are in Him. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, … your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4). * Which was first, The Septuagint or The Masoretic text?
* Did the Holy Spirit come into Him when He was Baptized?
* Is there anything that we can add to get into relationship with God? * What are the wages of sin?
* John 11:25-26 Is this about the Rapture?

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Present Yourself to God

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. … We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” Romans 6:5-11 Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. We’ve been given a deposit guaranteeing the future. Sin shall have no dominion over you since we are alive in Christ. * Why do we still celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? * Does God still heal those who are sick? Do miracles still happen today?

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The Christ Event

It’s the greatest story that has ever been told. It’s what Richard would call “The Christ Event”. It includes the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as he was raised, we are raised to the newness of life when we submit our lives to him.
* As we celebrated his resurrection many lost their lives in the bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s a sad story and one that is becoming more common. That is the number of Christians being martyred simply for declaring the name of Jesus.
* How do we know the resurrection happened? “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 * Clay says, “A changed life today is proof of Jesus’ resurrection”. * What is the proper answer to those who ask about self-love?
* My AA sponsor just informed me that they are Jehovah’s Witness. I truly care about her and want her to know truth. How do I pray for her?

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It is Finished!

It is Good Friday. It’s an incredible day in the life of believers. It’s the day when the will of God for mankind was executed by Jesus Christ himself. He came to take away our sins, to offer his body as the once and final sacrifice that would finish everything that needed to be done in regard to sin. The words he said on the cross, “It is finished”, are the most powerful words ever spoken. These three words resonate deep within the heart and bring about the cleansing we all need and desperately desire. Once that happens we are cleansed forever and we have the confidence to go into the throne of grace.

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The Resurrection Means Life

Today let’s put all the pieces of the Gospel together: the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10 We were enemies – in rebellion toward God. But God so loved us that he sent Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus Christ validates his claims and gives it the seal of truth. * Brad calls to say thanks for the ministry of Basic Gospel. * Is it wrong to use the anointing oil that the high priests used?
* I intercede for others on their behalf and ask God to forgive them, but never take their sins upon myself. What’s your take on this? * Can God reject his people? Can we lose our salvation?
* Can you provide some clarity on 1 Timothy 2:12?

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