Ephesians explains how the Church comes to full spiritual maturity in Christ. It explains the nature and purpose of the church, the body of Christ. Major themes include: Chosen and sealed, Saved by grace, Unity in the body – that the church is living! The practice of believers, in relation to each other, spiritual gifts, our former life and evil, the Holy Spirit, home life, and work – that we have come into a new family! Ephesians shows that out of the reality of our being seated with Christ flows our walk (how we live this out) and our standing in the face of any spiritual opposition. When we start to see that “reality” our whole life changes. Ephesians speaks of the love story between God and his Church for the last 2000 years, and that story reveals that Christ did not only give himself for the Church, but he also gave various gifts so that the Church would come to a place of maturity and fullness. Paul provides significant teaching on salvation, reconciliation, the nature of God’s family, and the Christian identity. Paul’s goal for all of this teaching was to encourage and energise believers in their faith.
The Bible has much lots to say about baptism! We explore its meaning, and the implications and power it has for us individually and corporately.
We talk about how, on Easter Sunday, we see how all of our hopes are restored and God’s promises are unshaking in Jesus Christ. That He has called us by name, and so we can trust Him and follow Him.
The resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday is the centrepiece of the Christian message. In this all-age Easter gathering, Phil describes how the resurrection of Jesus allows people with no hope, no value and no power to know hope, know value and know power.
God makes it clear in His word how important it is for us to walk humbly with Him. Humility is a virtue that Jesus exemplified. He showed us how to live with a humble mindset and so we explore in this message how to “walk humbly with our God” and how this humility facilitates living full of the Spirit.