Saturday, August 20, 2005

Sunday Morning's Sermon Text

Tomorrow we will be summarizing some of Paul's lessons for prayer, after our seven week (so far) study of this great passage:

Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.

In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us.

In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.

In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

1 comment:

Derek, Rosemary and Owen Thomas said...

Why Theology is Important

The word theology is composed by combining two Greek words "Theos" and "logos" --the first meaning "God" and the second meaning "word". Theology, then, is a word about God. Why would that not be important? Only if we think someone other than God deserves our attention; only as we make an idol out of ourselves, our feelings, our opinions, our tastes... It is symptomatic of our times that we put ourselves first. This is one of the most selfish ages in the hisotry of the world: an age of self-interest rather than an age of devotion to God. As Calvin wrote in his Institutes, "Man's mind is a perpetual factory of idols."