Wrapping up Ephesians
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,