Laurelwood Baptist Church
God Works Through Change
Archived – September 11, 2022
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Ephesians 2:11-22

God Works Through Change

September 11, 2022 / Pastor Dennis Beatty / Ephesians 2:11-22

Who are you? How do you find your spiritual roots? Remember…

 What you once were

 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men) – remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:11,12

 

What Christ did for you

 A.    Jesus became peace

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
Ephesians 2:13,14

B.  Jesus made peace

By abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.
Ephesians 2:15,16

C. Jesus preached peace

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Ephesians 2:17,18

What you are now

A.    Fellow citizens with other believers

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens.
Ephesians 2:19a

B. Members of God’s family

But fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
Ephesians 2:19b-20

C. Built for the Spirit’s indwelling

In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:21,22

What?

Prejudice is Universal.

So What?

Because of Christ, we are free to be one in Christ; all races, ages, political parties, social classes, educational levels, etc.

Now What?

Let’s model our oneness “In Christ”.

three-two-one.org

 

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