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Summary: Introducing Ephesians from Chapter 1

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A Defining Moment for Life

Eph 1

- June 1, 1980 - 2005, CNN -25 years of stories

- September 11, 2001, ended with the

deaths of more than 2,700 people in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

- A defining moment for you today was to get up or stay in bed

- What you were going to wear

- To ask or answer the question of

marriage

- Whether College or Work

I heard about lived on the West Coast of America living in poverty until one day he found out that he was the only living heir to a British Nobleman. What do you think this guy did when he found out? Went to the clothing store and bought the best suit he could find, bought a 1st class ticket to London and returned to England in style!

He believed what he had been told was true and he began to act upon it!!

Ephesians

- It has been called "the crown of St.

Paul’s writings,"

- "The Queen of the Epistles,"

-The "greatest and most relevant of his

works."

- W. O. Carver Southern Baptist theologian and

professor of missions said, "Ephesians is the greatest piece of writing in all of history." It may well be the "most influential document ever written."

- Oliver Green The Gospel Hour Radio Program

“Ephesians is the holy of holies of the Epistles

Unlocking Ephesians Power

- Chs. 1-3 - The call of the church

Emphasizing instruction

- My welfare

- Chs. 4-6 The conduct of the church

Emphasizing duty- My walk

Understanding Ephesians

*Principle

- Begins with Grace & Peace - 1:2

- Ends with Peace & Grace - 6:23-24

Grace - A favor rendered by one who need not do so

- ‘that which brings delight, joy, happiness,

Peace - Wholeness, Well-being,

At rest, Satisfied

Unloading to Us – WEALTH

- Paul in prison yet abundantly blessed

3:1, 3:13, 4:1, 6:20

- v. 3 - Three times the word Blessed

- Key thought WEALTH

- Speaks of riches

1:7, 1:11, 1:14, 1:18, 2:7, 3:6, 3:8, 3:16, 4:7-8, 4:11, 5:14, 5:25,

Utilizing Ephesians Secret

v.4-6 All that the Father can give

v. 7-12 All that the Son can supply

v. 13-14 All that the Spirit can do

Where is the Father’s Son’s & H.S.

focus? ---- US

- v.3 “places” can be rendered things

Eph 1:20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12

- Contrast this with earth’s temporal

over the heavenly blessings

1 We Have Satisfaction from the Father

2 We Have Sufficiency through the Son

3 We Have Supply with the H.S.

Unloosing Ephesians Blessings

1) Surrender to Christ

2) Get into the word

Saturate yourself in it

- It has power as the truth dawns on you

• But if you don’t know it- you’re not going to know the truth… and hence be set free

3) Know that God is on your side

- Over your lifetime he will work with you to bring you to the experience of this

4) Start transforming your mind.

- Act as fact. Act as though these things are true - because they are!

- Watch your thoughts

• This is serious! Don’t fill your mind with negative and horrible things. Watch what you watch, listen to

Philp 4:8-9

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


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