To The Church at Ephesus

Chapter One:

  1. The revelation of Jesus

  2. Written through the human author John

  3. To the servants or believers

  4. For their obedience and endurance 

The Church at Ephesus was marked by:

  1. Patient Endurance (v. 2-3)

  2. Protection from False Doctrine (v. 2, 6)

  3. Abandonment of their First Love (v. 4)

Jesus’ Appeal:

  1. Remember

  2. Repent

  3. Return

Frame everything through the lens of eternity.

  • 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

  • 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Help and Hope for a Bright 2019

Colossians 1:9-14

Reminder: The Mercies of the Lord are New Every Morning!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

  1. Be Filled with the Knowledge of His Will (v.9)

  2. Be Pleasing to the Lord and Bear Fruit (v. 10)

  3. Be Strengthened for the Journey (v.11)

  4. Be Overwhelmed with Gratitude for God’s Grace (v.12-14)

Conclusion: Our new year starts with today’s choices.

Practically Speaking: A Simple Framework for Being a Wise Word Steward

Ephesians 4:29

  1. See the responsibility in our words (Matthew 12:36)

  2. See the encouragement in our words (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

  3. See the opportunity in our words (Colossians 4:6)

    1. Rejoicing in times of joy (Romans 12:15)

    2. Encouragement in times of discouragement (Proverbs 27:17)

    3. Truth in times of doubt (Ephesians 4:14-16)

    4. Accountability in times of wander (James 5:19-20)

  4. See the healing in our words (Colossians 3:16)

Conclusion: Let God’s Word soak in so it can seep out


Waiting Well in a Non-Stop World

Psalm 37:1-7

What does waiting look like in a microwaveable culture?

 Be still by:

  • Surrendering to the Lord (Psalm 46:8-10) 

  • Surrounding yourself with God’s Presence (Psalm 32) 

  • Silencing the noise around you (Psalm 62)

Waiting for the Lord is not characterized by:

  • An inactive lifestyle (Psalm 37:3-5)

  • A season of purposelessness (Psalm 37:5)

  • An easy road (Psalm 37:1-2, 7)

We Wait Patiently For:

  • Deliverance from certain circumstances (Psalm 34).

  • Salvation for loved ones (Psalm 85).

  • Maturation and spiritual growth (Psalm 25).

Clear Thinking in a Muddy World

1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1:13

 Prepare our minds for action
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)

Be sober-minded:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1. Peter 5:8)

  • In the midst of suffering seasons

  •  In the midst of emotional distres

  • In the midst of anxious unknowns

  • In the midst of tempting situations

Three Helpful Starting Points

  1. Think on true things. (Philippians 4:8).

  2. Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).

  3. Trash the trash (Colossians 3:1-5).

Set your hope fully on Jesus.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5) 

Planning for an Unknown Future

Proverbs 16:1-9

Key Foundation – Commit Your Plans to the Lord   

  1. We ask for wisdom. 

  2. We focus first on obedience

  3. We are prepared for interruptions

  4. We earnestly seek God

Our plans often develop from our heart’s desire

There is freedom in faithful obedience

Critical Issues/Encouragements:

  1. We don’t know our purpose

  2. We are stuck in a rut of the same mindset

  3. We like our way better.

Application – How will we shape our future, today?