Posts Tagged ‘Ephesians’

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

After Francis Chan spoke, Gregg Matte led our community groups in this passage on leadership/humility:

Humility is the key to leadership

1. Paul kneeled before the Lord in prayer. This communicates humility (v. 14). False humility is when we accept praise but downplay it outwardly. It’s when we act like can’t do something even though we know we can. Humility is being self-forgetful.

“Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, ‘By jove! I’m being humble’, and almost immediately pride—pride at his own humility—will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt—and so on, through as many stages as you please.”

C.S. Lewis – Screwtape Letters

2. Realizing we are leading in the name of Jesus. Non-humility is when we are doing things for accolades and rewards. Only secure people can love – insecure people need something in return.

3. Deep strength comes from the deepest resources (v. 16, 17) – His glorious riches, His mind, His Spirit. We tend to minister out of our own power (our own experiences, personality, knowledge, etc)

MINE – think of this word when you think of Jesus looking at us. We belong to Him. Know that before you go out and minister.

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– I typed this up for me to read to myself everyday to remind myself of who I am in Christ. It’s from some sermons and scripture that I have been studying on Grace


Ephesians 1:1-14

  1. I am somebody – a Saint by God’s grace in Christ (not because of anything I did)  Psalms 139:13-18, Ephesians 2:8-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  2. I am blessed and I have all I need in Christ (Spiritual blessings – peace, power, perseverance, etc – everything I need to be everything God wants me to be right now in Christ)  Colossians 2:9
  3. I am chosen by God  1 Peter 2:9, Colossians 3:12, John 15:15, 1 Thessalonians 1:4
  4. I am holy and blameless in His sight (we are created to be like God)  Romans 3:21-26, Romans 8:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 4:22-24
  5. I am a loved son/daughter of God  Romans 8:15-17, Romans 8:31-39, 1 John 3:1, Romans 5:6-8, 1 John 4:9-10
  6. I am a trophy of God’s grace (I’m still here because God brought me through my trials. By the grace of God I am what I am)  Ephesians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
  7. I am redeemed and forgiven  Isaiah 53:4-6, Colossians 1:10-14
  8. I have the Holy Spirit in me  Ephesians 1:13-14
  9. I am God’s possession   Ephesians 1:14, 1 Peter 2:9

By His grace, I am healed of the wounds of my heart that have been afflicted on me by the sins I have committed and the sins that have been committed against me. My scars tell the story of the victory that Christ has brought to my life. Jesus says I will know the truth and the truth will set me free.

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