A true pastor is dedicated to prayer for others, and Paul is certainly no exception. What is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians? It is for wisdom and revelation in the Holy Spirit. Come and join us at Miller Valley this upcoming Sunday as we examine what a pastoral prayer ought to be and what we ought to be praying for ourselves.
In Ephesians 1:11-12, Paul describes himself and the Israelites as God’s portion, or allotment, in conjunction with his prior declaration that God is bringing all things together in Christ. How does Israel fit with the church? Come join us this upcoming Lord’s day as we examine this question and others in the Scriptures.
Some love mysteries, some hate them, and most of us are a bit of both, yet we cannot deny the exhilaration of the revelation of a great mystery. Paul describes the will of God as a mystery revealed in Christ in the fullness of time. Somehow, this results in a union in Christ that includes heaven and earth. Come join us this upcoming Lord’s Day as we examine and unpack this mysterious text.
Having established predestination in Ephesians 1:4-6, Paul moves on to declare the redeeming work of Christ in light of the Father’s decree. The suffering of Christ becomes forgiveness in riches of grace lavished in wisdom and insight. Join us this upcoming Lord’s day as we hear God’s Word proclaimed in Ephesians 1:7-8.
Predestination is a doctrine beloved by many and hated by others. What does it mean that God chose sinners before the world began? The 1689 Confession speaks of it as a doctrine that does “afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God, and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.” (III.7) Join us this upcoming Lord’s Day as we hear God’s Word proclaim this incredible aspect of God’s plan of redemption for sinners.
This upcoming Sunday, we will continue in Ephesians 1:3. Paul declares that God has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, in the high heavens. Beautiful and poetic, but what does that mean? How does that affect our perspective on this present world and the world to come?
What is promised to Christians by God? Where do they come from? How are they received? Paul breaches these profound questions in Ephesians 1:3 on the heels of his proclamation of blessing in 1:2. Join us this upcoming Lord’s Day as we hear the word of God proclaimed from this passage.
Paul often opens his letters with “graces” where he makes a benediction for the audience. So what is this “grace and peace” he speaks of to the church in Ephesus? Is this a mere formality, or is something more profound declared here in at the beginning of Ephesians? Join us this upcoming Lord’s Day as we hear the Word of God proclaimed from Ephesians 1:2
This upcoming Lord’s Day, we begin a new series at Miller Valley going through Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. In the introductory sermon focusing on Ephesians 1:1, we will be examining the context, audience, and themes of this beloved epistle. Join us as we come to hear God speak from his living Word.