“We do what we do because we think like we think.” This sentence has resounded through the halls of New Hope this semester.
As Americans we often want to know what we should do to fix something. We’re all about DYI (do it yourself). We get so frustrated if we can’t figure out a solution to a problem. This is perhaps most recently evident in the 2016 campaign process.
Well, friends, we were so broken that we were beyond repair. The Scriptures teach us that we could not fix ourselves. The path forward, according to Paul in Ephesians 1-3, is to think rightly about who God is, who we were, and who we are (and will be). The doing is the thinking! In fact, the first command that shows up is Ephesians 2:11 where Paul says, “Remember…” Again, the doing is the thinking. The things Paul is calling us to think about are so profound that unless God does a miracle in our hearts we will have no way to grasp them (see Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:14-21). Paul spends three whole chapters in his letter explaining over and over again to people who already follow Jesus just exactly who they are in Christ.
Our sermon series is called Ephesians: Adopted, Redeemed, Therefore. The acrostic A.R.T. (Adopted, Redeemed, Therefore) describes who Ephesians 2:10 says we are, God’s art! “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We are God’s beautiful masterpiece that He crafted through redemption. He makes broken and ugly things new and beautiful again in Christ.
Here are a few helpful reminders to you as you engage with Ephesians:
- Ephesians 1:3-14 can be summarized by the acrostic C.A.R.S: We are Chosen, Adopted, Redeemed, and Sealed.
- Memorize key verses throughout our study (see Scripture Memory Card attached below).