I have, for years, had a desire to lead our church, Rockport Baptist, through a study of the Book of Ephesians. With that study finally beginning this Sunday, I've written the following as a sort of "introduction" for our congregation.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
But what is it about this letter that has drawn such high praise? For surely “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” as 2 Tim 3:16 declares. So it can’t be that this book is ”more God’s word” than some other portion of Scripture. Yet it is here that we have, distilled into it’s purest essence, the very heart of the Gospel itself. So let me give you three things that have been noticed about this book of Ephesians before we begin our study
(1) Someone has noted that Ephesians is intercession!
More than any other book in the New Testament, it has the feel and quality of an extended(2) Ephesians is exaltation
prayer. As you read it, it takes hold of you and lifts you up into the very presence of God Himself in the “heavenly places” (1:3)
There’s a celebration going on here! This is not just some dry tome giving us our doctrine as it instructs us about the grace of God. This is a riotous explosion of grace that brings great joy in Christ!(3) Ephesians is evangelism
Here, in the clearest possible terms we will see again and again the great lengths and heights to which God has gone to rescue us from our sin and to bring us home safely in Christ.That’s why I’m calling this study, A Celebration of Salvation! Here is something that is meant to make you rejoice as you see just how extravagant the grace of God is, that has been poured out for us sinners in Christ Jesus!!
May God give us eyes to see!
Pastor S. Scott Lee