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Summer SOAP- Ephesians 4


LG Summer Series
Ephesians 4

Key thought: KNOWING GOD CHANGES EVERYTHING.

SCRIPTURE:

Ephesians 4:1-7 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

OBSERVATION: The more I know God the more I will know peace

verse 1b “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

verse 2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE.

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

James 4:1 NCV “Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you. 2 You want things, but you do not have them. So you are ready to kill and are jealous of other people, but you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight.”

Proverbs 13:10 NCV “Pride only leads to arguments, but those who take advice are wise.”

Galatians 5:19-22 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.”

APPLICATION: How do we live in peace in a divided world?

1. MAKE THE EFFORT

verse 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE.”

Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on YOU, live at peace with everyone.”

2. CHANGE THE FOCUS

verse 3-4 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Romans 14:19 (Phillips) “Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character.”

3. LIVE IN GRACE

verse 4-7 “4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us GRACE has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

PRAYER: God we want to live in your peace


Summer SOAP- Ephesians 3


Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21 “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Observation: The more I know God the more I will know HIS POWER

1. Who gives the power?

verse 16
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit…”

John 16:7
“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

2. Where does the power work?

verse 16 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,”

I Corinthians 13:1 “Speak in tongues of men and angels but have not love…”

3. What is that power for?

verse 20 NLT “his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory IN THE CHURCH and in Christ Jesus THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Acts 1:8 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses…”

Application: How do I experience this power?

1.Grow in the Spirit

verse 16 “with power through his Spirit…”

Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”

Ephesians 5:18 International Standard Version “Stop getting drunk with wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Spirit.”
2. Get connected to God’s people

verse 18 “together with all the Lord’s holy people…”

3. Go deep in God’s love

verse 17
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Prayer: God we want to know your power to accomplish your purposes.



Summer SOAP- Ephesians 2

LG SUMMER SERIES
Ephesians 2

Key thought: “Knowing God changes everything”

S. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

O. The more I know God, the more I will know my purpose

Colossians 1:16 (MSG) “We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.”

Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

A. How do I know what God created me to do?

4 keys

  1. Start with PRAYER

Verse 10 “We are GOD’s workmanship”

Jeremiah 29:11 “for I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”

Jeremiah 29:12-13 “ Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

I Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written:
“no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Verse 10 “Yet God has revealed them BY HIS SPIRIT.”

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

2. Look for the PROBLEMS

verse 10
“created in Christ Jesus to do Good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

3. Explore your PASSIONS

Verse 10
“We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus

Proverbs 27:19 “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects a man.”

4. Connect with PEOPLE

Verse 10
“do good works which God prepared in advance for US to do”

1 Corinthians 3:9 “We work together as partners who belong to God.”

Romans 12:5 MSG “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of Christ’s body. But as a chopped off finger or a cut off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor: 10 
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.11 
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone? 12 
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”

P. God we want to know you more so that we can fulfill your purpose for US! In our own lives and as a church family.

Summer SOAP- Ephesians 1

LG SUMMER SOAP
Part 1: Ephesians 1

“KNOWING GOD CHANGES EVERYTHING”

SCRIPTURE:

Ephesians 1:17 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may KNOW HIM BETTER.

OBSERVATION:

Knowing God…

1. Gives me perspective

verse 17-18 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the EYES OF YOUR HEART may be enlightened…

Knowing God changes the way I see…

a. Myself

b. My neighbors

c. My problems

d. My stuff

2. Gives me purpose

verse 17-18
“I keep asking that the God… that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which HE HAS CALLED YOU…”

Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) “It’s in Christ that we find out WHO WE ARE and WHAT we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall PURPOSE he is working out in everything and everyone.”

3. Gives me power

Verse 18-19 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great POWER for us who believe.”

Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes you on you and you will be my witnesses…”

APPLICATION:

How do I know God more?

  1. Study His WORD.

2. Surrender to His WAYS.

verse 21 NCV “God has put Christ over all rulers, authorities, powers, and kings, not only in this world but also in the next. 22 God put everything under his power and made him the head over everything for the church, 23 which is Christ’s body. The church is filled with Christ, and Christ fills everything in every way.”

Matthew 7:21 ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, I NEVER KNEW YOU.”

verse 21a “Only those who do the will of my Father in heaven”

3. Get involved in His WORK

God we want to know you more. We want to see things the way you see them. Live for your purposes, experience your power!


Hats-Leadership Hat

Hats
Leadership

Proverbs 29:2 (NLT) “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.”

3 things about leadership

1. Everyone has a PERSON to LEAD.

a. Self AWARENESS

Matthew 7:3–5 (NIV) “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

b. Self MANAGEMENT

Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT) “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

2. Some have been given a PLATFORM for LEADING.

Romans 12:6–8 (NLT) “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Now if you are someone who has people following you, and I would say that’s many of you in this room today. Then there are 2 things to remember about leadership platforms

a. God is the one who gave you the platform.

b. If you fall off your platform, somebody’s going to get hurt.

3. God has given us a PATTERN to FOLLOW.

Philippians 2:3-8 (NLT) “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave[c] and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”