sprout_in_dirt_squareThis Week’s Sermon: “Power: God’s Work, Our Hope”-Ephesians 1:15-23 (Jay Todd)

This Week’s Scripture Memory: “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”–Ephesians 1.22-23

Next Week’s Sermon: Ephesians 2:1-10 (Jeremy Thomas)

Next Week’s Scripture Memory: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.”–Ephesians 2:4-7

Devotional/Reflection: Have you ever felt too weary to perform a specific task? There have been days, admittedly, when I have arrived home from work totally exhausted–mentally, physically, I don’t want to be awake another minute type exhaustion–and I have seen the pile of dishes. “It’s not happening” I tell myself, and amazingly, they have never cleaned themselves. My spiritual life, unfortunately, can sometimes feel this way. I can become overburdened, depressed, or anxious. Maybe you have felt similarly. The trial set before you seems too difficult. It can become easy enough to get distressed when this happens once or twice, but what about those seasons when trial after trial and setback after setback threaten to weigh us down to the point of despair. Even in this place, there is good news. God has not left us. God has not left us alone, nor has he left us without the power necessary to get through the present trial. Ephesians 1:15-23 tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in our lives. Consider that for a moment–the SAME power that raised Christ from the dead. Not just revived him, which would be power enough–but resurrected him. Completely raised him to a resurrected body that is incorruptible! That power! That same power is at work in us, in our lives, lifting us up from the pit of despair and setting us firmly upon the cornerstone, Jesus Christ. This power provides us hope in the midst of the trials. There is no need for us to be anxious, overwhelmed, despairing, for the same power that raised Christ can certainly work in our lives and provide us hope for the present and the future.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the resurrecting power of God bring you hope?
  2. How does the resurrecting power of God affect your daily life?
  3. Why do we so easily forget the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
  4. What does it mean that Jesus is the head over all things in the church?

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