Our study of Ephesians continues into the second half of this divinely-inspired letter to the early church. After three chapters of stressing the blessings and riches and power found in Christ, God through Paul admonishes readers old and new to walk in a manner worthy of heaven's call.
Paul talks about a mystery that God had in mind from the foundation of the world that is realized in Christ Jesus and his church. Because this is God's plan from the beginning, we can be strengthened and dive deeply into understanding God's immense love for us.
We continue our study in Ephesians with a look at chapter two: the incredible change from spiritual death to life through Christ Jesus is explained, and Paul illuminates the freedoms and responsibilities we now enjoy because God has saved us by His grace.
Nehemiah returns to the city of God, where the remnent of His people are still picking up the pieces of their ruined city. Nehemiah takes charge in leading the people to rebuild the city's walls. Why were walls so important in the pre-modern world, and how can we build up our own spiritual walls today?
When we open God's word, are we seeking to find information that simply reinforces what I already believe? Or am I coming to be shaped into God's image? We look in Acts 18 and 19 to discuss what we need to do if and when God's word shines a light on our shortcomings or ignorance.