Pastor Matt McGrew reminds us of why we should always be thankful because of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
It’s time we had a talk about masks. Through the first 18 months of this COVID crisis, I have been so thankful to God and proud of this church family for how we have navigated the difficult waters. It has been challenging to be sure and yet the collective efforts toward brotherly love and unity in our continued worship of God have been remarkable to witness and experience. However, the recent edicts from our local governing authorities have posed new challenges to us and have raised new tensions in our midst. As Elders, we want to be honest about these and address them biblically, directly, and transparently. So, as we open God’s Word we will seek God’s eternal wisdom that imports so readily to our present day. Though the mask mandate will sit in the background as a pressing issue, the sermon will not fundamentally be about masks but about God, His Word, His Body, and our collective worship of Him! “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2–3)
The last message in the DNA series turns the page to how we react and fellowship when church life can get messy and complicated. Grace is not something that we turn off and on or something that we give in to get something in return. We as followers of Christ are instructed to absorb all the cost to forgive when we have been offended.
The latter half of Ephesians 6:4 tells parents to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”. This relatively small phrase is robust. It speaks volumes to us. [And btw speaks help to all who are positioned to influence children like grandparents, aunts/uncles, children’s teachers, etc]
I trust that God will use His word to encourage us in this great task.
The Family series has been about doing family well. God masterfully designed it as a beautiful and illumination of His glory. As we consider the last verse of Paul’s discourse about the family in Ephesians, it comes with a strong exhortation to parents.
As we make way on our study of God’s masterful design of the family, we ask “how does a husband lead his wife and how does she follow?” What will this look like in practice and with what attitudes must they be carried out?Follow along as Paster Dustin Rogers addresses these questions and more from Ephesians 5:22-32.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been taking some time to look at the topic of Family through the lens of God’s word and gospel. We’ve seen that God’s design is clear, beautiful, and illuminating. It’s simply masterful. Thus, for many of us the context of family has provided some of life’s most enjoyable and memorable moments. Yet, as a result of the fall and the effects of sin, the reverse is also true.
Some of your life’s most painful experiences may be tied to the context of family. So, while the family is wonderful, it’s also complicated. Thus, we need to hear what God has to say about it. And by the way, isn’t it awesome to know that God has provided all the instruction we need in His word? He desires for your family relationships to thrive and ultimately to bring glory to Himself.
For the next two weeks, we will move forward in Ephesians 5 to look more closely into the marriage relationship. In 5:22-24 we’ll see God’s ordained roles for husbands and wives and will see from Genesis that these roles are beautiful and for our good! Moreover, we’ll also see why these roles are so maligned and so difficult to carry out. We’ll see God’s ideal and better understand why we often fail to experience it.
Have you ever thought of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as a dissertation on right relationships? Throughout the letter, you find consistent themes of healthy relationships—reconciliation, unity, harmony, peace—as either statements of reality or, more often, as heartfelt appeals. Right relationships start with God. Paul writes that God has given us everything we need to live in a right relationship. Please join us as Pastor Mark Blowers shows us how to have a “Marriage in Right Relationship” as he opens the book of Ephesians 5:22-30.