The days leading to Christmas are a unique season of expectation, longing, and hope in Christ’s first coming and his promise to come again. Here are a few ways to engage this time as an individual, in a DNA group, and as a Missional Community.
At first glance, this passage feels like a speed bump, “Why did Paul go so negative?” In reality he gives us a warning to remember the truths of Jesus and constantly remind one another to pursue a constant renewal of our lives in the gospel—refusing to go return to the slavery of sin and the tyranny of a life with ourselves as god.
“Disciples are people who spend our lives apprenticed to our master, Jesus Christ. We are in a growing relationship, always. A disciple is a learner, but not in the academic setting of a school room, rather at the work site of a craftsman. We do not acquire information about God but skills in faith.”
Many of us find meaning in who we are, where we come from, what we do for a living, or where we live. The list is long and we try to squeeze that significance, or the best of us, into our 140-character bio. We label ourselves, we are labelled by others, and our cultures tells us to find and express ourselves. It’s all quite confusing, disorienting, and we are left clinging to mishmash of views or stories about ourselves. This mosaic forms our identity.
Ephesians 3:14-21 is prayer for the Church to understand, know, and grasp the power and depths of God’s love. With this prayer Paul wraps up one large section on what God has done for us in the gospel and who the church is. Now, Paul will turn his attention to encouraging and urging the church to be and live in accordance to their calling. Before he does that, he prays for us to know God’s love.
In January, Brad shared a teaching on the vision and direction of Soma for 2018 and the next ten years. He shared on behalf of the elders and we would love to remind you of this vision as we head into the final months of this year. You can listen here. Essentially, we’re praying for and hoping for revival. What follows is a summary of Brad’s talk.
In Ephesians 3:1-13, Paul wraps up the first half of his letter which is all about the power gospel. While chapter two highlighted the power of the gospel, chapter three talks about the purpose of the gospel: that what God has done in you (Ephesians 2), God wants to also do through you (Ephesians 3:1-13). The good news isn’t just for us, it’s for the world.