Ephesians 1:15-23 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
If you’re a Christian, Jesus appreciates you. This means that God’s faithful people can receive encouragement and thankfulness from Jesus, even if they don’t receive such from other people. When you know that Jesus appreciates you, you spend time in prayer, rather than complaining, competing, or getting bitter. When you know Jesus appreciates you, you are free to focus on appreciating Jesus- who he is and what he’s done for you. When you appreciate Jesus, you will appreciate his church and live on mission with the church, having Jesus as your victorious, exalted, authoritative leader.
Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
Q.2 What stands out to you in Ephesians 1:15-23 and why?
Q.3 In what ways have you felt unappreciated? In Christ, you are appreciated. How should knowing you’re appreciated change the way you think, pray, serve, and live?
Q.4 Who do you need to appreciate and thank?
Spend some time thanking each other and appreciating each other for various things that you see in each other’s lives. Appreciate someone and then pray for them.
EKKLESIA, JESUS WANTS TO THANK YOU FOR…
- Your faith in Jesus: your determination to focus on the fact that Jesus + Nothing = Everything… stay the course.
- Your love for all the Saints: serving the church through being in a Community Group, volunteering in Ekklesia Kids, giving, praying, and using your gifts and talents… stay the course.
- Following the lead of imperfect and inexperienced Pastors, as we try to feed you, lead you, and protect you faithfully in Christ Jesus… stay the course.
- Your devotion to the Word of God as the absolute truth and final say on all matters and for allowing me (Brett) the honor of preaching Bible-saturated hour+ sermons… stay the course.
- Seeking to turn from sin and idolatry to Jesus all of your days- thank you for taking serious the very things that our Lord Jesus was crucified for- sin… stay the course.
- Your dependance on God through prayer… stay the course.
- Your financial stewardship through generous giving… stay the course.
- Your willingness to be a part of a Church that is persecuted for not giving in to legalism, and for holding to the doctrines of grace… stay the course.
- Your commitment to obeying the Great Commandment (to love God and your neighbor) through obedience to God’s commands and to love your church and your neighbor as yourself… stay the course.
- Your commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations) through personal evangelism and church planting… stay the course.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
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