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February 18, 2024

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Ephesians || Beyond Imagination: Experiencing the Depths of Christ's Love || February 18, 2024


Ephesians 3:14-21


FOR THIS REASON

  1. You were dead in your sin but now alive
  2. You have been given mercy
  3. You were saved by grace through faith
  4. You are God’s workmanship created for good works
  5. There is peace between Jew and Gentile
  6. The Gentiles have been welcomed into the family of God


I BOW MY KNEES

  1. Standing, not bowing, was the usual position for Jewish prayer.
  2. Humility
  3. Gratefulness


  1. STRENGTHENED WITH POWER
  2. According to the riches of His Glory:
  3. It is from God we are strengthened.
  4. Strengthened
  5. STRENGTH TO OVERCOME RESISTANCE
  6. Power: dynamic living power
  7. Through His Spirit
  8. INNER BEING: in the core of your being. Deep in the recesses of your being you know God has empowered you to live life with and for Him.
  9. Spiritual growth is internal but is stimulated by external pressure.
  10. This is where we fight sin
  11. This is where we make our decisions
  12. Only God can reach and heal the inner man and that is where He wants to work the most. He begins with salvation.
  13. We need strengthened with power in the inner man so that….
  14. CHRIST DWELLS IN YOUR HEART (17a)
  15. Christ “SETTLES DOWN” in our hearts.
  16. Hearts: 
  17. The inner life
  18. Perception
  19. Choice and Volition
  20. Intellect
  21. Desire
  22. ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED IN LOVE (17b)
  23. IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST
  24. The Love of Christ is our foundation. It is what our lives are built on
  25. How He loves you
  26. How He loves others
  27. Rooted: 
  28. Have been and continue to be rooted by God
  29. Psalm 1:1–3 (ESV)
  30. Grounded - Established
  31. In Love
  32. KNOW HIS LOVE
  33. Know: Grasp, grab hold of
  34. May have strength
  35. We need the strength of the Spirit of God to accomplish this.
  36. With all the saints
  37. We do this TOGETHER - as the family of God and as the temple of God
  38. TO BE FILLED
  39. We are filled with ALL the fullness of God when we grasp the love of Christ (God and others) and that happens through the strength and power of the Spirit of God. We cannot fully understand the love of Jesus without the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives
  40. EXPECT MORE
  41. God is Able
  42. Far more abundantly than we can ask or think
  43. HOW?
  44. According to the POWER at work within us
  45. He will do it through us.
  46. WHY?
  47. So He will receive glory THROUGH THE CHURCH and in CHRIST JESUS…..FOREVER



10 Reflection/Application Questions:

  1. What does being "rooted and established in love" look like in practical terms in your life?
  2. Reflect on a time when you experienced the love of Christ in a way that was beyond your understanding. What impact did it have on you?
  3. In what ways have you seen or experienced God doing "immeasurably more" than you could ask or imagine?
  4. How does the truth that you can be filled "to the measure of all the fullness of God" change your perspective on your spiritual growth?
  5. Identify one area in your life where you need to experience more of God’s power. What steps can you take to see that happen?
  6. How can the church today bring glory to God in a way that is impactful and lasting?
  7. What role does faith play in experiencing the fullness of God and His power at work within us?
  8. Reflect on your prayer life. How can you incorporate aspects of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 into your own prayers for yourself and others?


The Covenant Prayer from John Wesley's Covenant Service, 1780 (adapted)

I am no longer my own, 

but Yours. 


Put me to what you will, 

rank me with whom you will. 


Put me to doing, 

put me to suffering. 


Let me be employed for You or laid aside for You, 

exalted for You or brought low for You. 


Let me be full, 

let me be empty. 


Let me have all things, 

let me have nothing. 


I freely and heartily yield all things 

to Your pleasure and disposal. 


And now, O glorious and blessed God, 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 

You are mine, 

and I am Yours. 


So be it. 


And the covenant which I have made on earth, 

let it be ratified in heaven. 

Amen. 

 



Time of Response

Take a few minutes of silence. Allow your own thoughts to quiet and be still. Where does the Holy Spirit want you to decrease so that Christ could increase in your life? What part of your life, if reduced, would make more room for you to thrive spiritually?


QUESTIONS TO ASK WHILE READING SCRIPTURE


What does this reveal about God?

What does this reveal about you in relation to God?

What do you need to do about it?

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One Method To Use When Reading Scripture: 

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S.cripture: Write down the Bible passage you will be studying.

O.bservations: Examine the text and write down what you notice and see. Start with the obvious and move to the deeper.

A.pplication: Apply God’s Word to your life in a practical way. What is God saying about Himself, about you and about what He is calling you to?

P.rayer: Respond to God’s Word with your own words.

S.hare: Commit to share what God is showing you with someone else.

How do I talk with God?

PRAYER


One Way to talk with God is to:

Pause.

Rejoice.

Ask.

Yield.


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