Summary: "In Christ" you are not alone. You are part of a family.
September 28, 2014
Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
Subject: Ephesians Part 7
Title: Strengthened With Power – the Fullness of Being in the Body of Christ
We want to open in Ephesians chapter 3 beginning with verse 14 and going through the end of the chapter. There are a couple of things we want to talk about this morning as we prepare to take communion together. And after communion we will continue the celebration with a love feast in the fellowship hall.
Our passage today continues with the main focus of the first half of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus and that is the idea of what it means to be “In Christ”. If you are “In Christ” then you have been born again into the family of God. In our society today it seems that “family” has lost its importance; or at least has lost its foundation. The foundation of family is unity and with the primary focus in our culture on “self” unity has become a thing of the past. Schools offer more and more for students to do away from the family. Parents desire to be seen as good so they do everything they can do to make sure their students partake in everything the school and local community has to offer. In doing so they often become so busy that the important aspects of family take a back seat.
And that’s just a typical family in America today. There are also dysfunctional families where drug or alcohol abuse or violence erupts and destroys, causing the family to be so disjointed that it cannot operate in a normal way.
The same can happen in the family of God a seen in the local church. Our own personal demands become a priority over the needs of the church. When I say that I am talking about how as part of this particular family are you being faithful to the needs of others in the church? Not just physical needs, but spiritual needs. Are you connected to the family? Are you doing your part in the family? Are you creating unity in the family?
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
Look at what Paul says to the Ephesians about this.
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.