Good morning! This is our 5th year in Summer Buddies and it has been fun. Each year we have a different Christian focus where we teach kids to read, write, and to fall in love with our God. This year we have been focusing on prayer. Each week has a different memory verse which reminds our kids about the importance of prayer. During our first week we learned Phil. 4:6-7. The week after that was 1 Thess. 5:16-18. Last week was Jeremiah 33:3 and next week we will be learning Luke 18:1. For today though, I want to focus our attention on 1 Thess. 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
If you are in a K-Group, then get ready for the challenge of the semester!
“Count for Zero” is a 6 week study focused on fulfilling the Great Commission. In case you were wondering, that call goes out to ALL Believers everywhere. “For hundreds of years, committed Christians have gone to the ends of the earth in response to our Lords command to take the gospel to everyone everywhere! This six-week study will take [our] church through Scriptures and show [us] Gods direction for the global church and what remains to be done to fulfill Gods calling.”
As we continue our study of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus it is so important that we remember who Paul was addressing in his letter. He wasn’t writing to the Chamber of Commerce, the members of some philanthropic organization, the academics at a local high school or college, and neither was he writing to the purveyors of some political party. Paul was writing to those who belonged to the Body of Christ. He was teaching them the fundamentals of the Christian faith. He was reminding them of biblical truth. It is important that we learn and relearn God’s truth over and over again throughout our lives my friends.
As we take a look at Ephesians 2:1-10 this morning we are going to see one of the most striking, awe-inspiring contrast found in God’s Word. We will see that we were once dead in our trespasses and sins, but now we have been made alive with Christ. We will learn that we were once, by our very nature, objects of God’s wrath, but now, by God’s rich grace, we are the recipients of His glorious mercy and salvation. We will see that we were at one time followers of the ways of the world, following the spirit who is at work in those who are disobedient, we were following our own fleshly desires, but now, because of God’s work, we are followers of righteousness, followers of Jesus. These are amazing contrasts! Let’s read our Scripture and then we will take a closer look. Continue reading “Look What God Has Done! Ephesians 2:1-10”