Newlife Values 1: The Church

—Ephesians 3 & 4

 
 
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The Mystery Revealed (Eph 3)

  1. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given,
    to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
    9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery
    hidden for ages in God who created all things,
  2. so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
  3. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord

Metaphors for the Church

What does the word mean?

Universal Church

Kingdom

A Church

Parachurch

Christianity

Very Brief History

Acts 18:9-10

  1. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,
  2. for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

Ephesians 4:1-3

  1. I, then, exhort you, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
  2. with all humility and gentleness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
  3. striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: