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Hope Compels Us

Here are some thoughts about the upcoming sermon series on Ephesians. This Sunday I’m preaching on Ephesians 1:1-14.

What gets you out of bed every morning? Many people struggle with this question. Deep down inside they wonder what the point is. It’s just another day doing the same thing, for what? Yet, we still get up.
The truth is that we get out of bed because each new day holds a certain level of promise. There is a new opportunity to experience something different. The dawn brings a fresh start.
When you think about it in those terms you could say that the future compels us to get up and meet it. The future is pregnant with possibilities, and that is an exciting adventure. When the future no longer compels us, that means we have lost hope.
That is the message of our text this week: hope. Join us this weekend as we begin the last of our three summer mini-series. We will spend the next four weeks looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the churches around the city of Ephesus. In this letter Paul spells out what it looks like to be a healthy church–the body of Christ that is made up of many different parts that are united in love and purpose.
He begins his letter with a message of hope in God’s promised and preferred future. God the Father sent his Son Jesus to demonstrate God’s grace, and then gave us the Holy Spirit as a “seal of our inheritance” of the promise that God will “gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” God’s work of redeeming the world is far from over. Each new day is pregnant with promise and is an invitation to join God in God’s redemptive work.
Join us this month as we explore this wonderful promise of God and discover how we can be part of God’s redemptive work in the world.

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