In the book of Ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers' everyday lives. God the Father planned throughout history for Jesus to create a multi-ethnic community of followers. Comprised of Jews and non-Jews, these followers form the covenant family God promised to Abraham. They live in unity as one body in their families, neighborhoods, and churches because of God's grace. Paul shows how the good news should create ethnically diverse communities that are unified by devotion to Jesus and to each other.
Freedom. There is not a better word that describes the cry of every human heart. That's what the book of Galatians is about. This letter, written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Galatia, emphasizes that salvation is a gift from God that comes through faith in Jesus. It is in understanding this that we learn a great truth that sets us free to live wholly for Him! Join us as we read through this portion of Scripture together in the coming weeks in order to grow and thrive in our relationship with God and one another!
We invite you all to join us as we dive into the depths of meaning in this statement and what it means for us as individual believers as well as the great capital "C" Church worldwide. That's the beautiful thing about the Apostle's Creed. To confess the creed is to take up a countercultural stance. When we say the creed we are not just expressing our own views or our own priorities. We are joining our voices to a great communal voice that calls out across the centuries from every tribe and tongue. We locate ourselves as part of that community that transcends time and place. If our voices are still echoes, they are now echoing something from beyond our own cultural moment.
“The Word became flesh…” The purpose of this gospel, as stated by John himself, is to show that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ, the Son of God, and that believers in him might have eternal life. This Gospel proclaims the grace, peace, love and hope we can experience through Jesus. We invite you to join us as we embark on this journey through the Gospel of John. Our prayer is that these messages will help you more fully connect with Jesus and grow in your faith as you live your life out as a fully devoted follower of Jesus.