Whenever we start a sermon series here at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, a number of factors go into choosing a series. For me, it’s a desire to acquaint each of you (church family, church friends, and anyone who comes along watching via live-stream) with what Paul identified as to the Ephesian elders one last time as “the whole counsel of God.” For every four sermon series, three of them are usually straight from a book of the Bible, while one is usually a topical series. I usually toggle back and forth between OT and NT. Yet, there is a conviction here that all of the Bible is God’s Word and is a Christian book.
But why Ephesians? As I read through Ephesians, I agree with R. Kent Hughes, longtime pastor at Moody Church in Chicago, notes, “Ephesians reveals the position and job description of the church.” Paul had a great passion for the church of Jesus Christ, even to the point of 2 Corinthians 11:28, “And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” Paul’s passion was, to borrow a phrase from last week and from our vision talks, to have a NT church where Jesus has His way.
This sermon series is about the position and practice of the church and can be summed up in one word: grace. Paul is a model recipient of God’s grace. The church’s makeup displays to the world the unifying work of grace. This is the foundation of the New Testament church. Is it the foundation of you? Of our church?