Pastor Paul's Perspective

"That Church"

Wrapping up Ephesians

This Sunday, July 8, we will be wrapping up our study through the book of Ephesians. A series that began in the fall of 2017. It was honestly my intention to be brief. (Really!!!) I had outlined the book of Ephesians after reading it through 10 times or so and decided to preach the high points. The big stuff. The main ideas.

And so, over the past nine months, I preached through the main ideas of the book of  Ephesians. And although it took a while, I can honestly say I'm better for it. I enjoyed the journey though this book that the Apostle Paul wrote to a group of believers living in Ephesus. A church that, less than 50 years after Paul's letter to them, had "left your first love" (per Jesus in Revelation 2:4).

And as shepherd of WPBC, I do NOT want us to be "that church". 

"That church" who:
  • was in love with Jesus and everything Gospel
  • was doctrinally sound and understanding of man's sin and God's grace
  • was directed to know doctrine and live doctrine out of love for what God had done to change their lives
  • was fully aware of how to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh
  • was taught how to live God-honoring lives in the workplace, home, church, and society
  • was prepared by God for spiritual warfare

And yet - lost their first love. (Revelation 2:4)

I don't want to be "that church" who caves to doctrinal impurities and puts Sanctification on the list of topics we just don't preach about.

I want to be a church that loves Jesus with ALL our heart, soul, strength, and might.

I want to be a church who is a beacon of hope in a dark world as we love God and love people.

And so our journey through Ephesians was slow and methodical. Probably because I personally really needed to hear what God had to say. I needed the past nine months in Ephesians to strengthen both my doctrine and my conduct.

In order to be strengthened, we need to be ready for the spiritual battles that come our way by the hand of Satan.

As we conclude Ephesians 6 this Sunday, we will look at some of the opposition this spiritual warfare brings our way.

Opposition to being people of faith in God (6:10) through secular reasoning.
Opposition to exclusive salvation through Christ alone (6:17) through self reliance.
Opposition to the Word of God (6:17) through scriptural relevance.

As the devil opposes Biblical faith and salvation, we must not stray from the authority and relevance of scripture to help us in our battles, even though spiritual warfare will attack the absolute truth of God's word.

I hope to see you this Sunday at either 9:30 or 11am as we look into  God's word and seek to be strengthened for our journey.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Paul
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