Ephesians: United in Christ

Join us spring 2014 as we study the book of Ephesians, a letter written by the apostle Paul reminding followers of Christ that once they follow Jesus, they are in union with Him. And through that relationship with Christ, we are united together. A 17-week study.

Protect Yourself with Prayer | Ephesians 6:18-24
June 15, 2014 | Pastor Mike

We live in a dark world, but God gives us the armor to protect ourselves. He also gives us something else. Find out in this final message in the Ephesians series.

I Think I Got This | Ephesians 6:10-17
June 8, 2014 | Pastor Mike

When it comes to sin and temptation, many of us like to think "I got this." But in this battle, we don't really "got this." But Christ does, and he gives us the strength and the weapons to fight the battle. 

The Long Way Home| Luke 15:11-32
June 1, 2014 | Pastor Lee Eclov

Special guest preacher Lee Eclov dissects the story of the prodigal Son.

The Honor Code | Ephesians 6:1-9
May 25, 2014 | Pastor Mike

The household codes in Ephesians 6 contain instructions for four different audiences: parents, children, masters and servants. But there is one underlying rule that drives all the instructions: God is honored when we honor others.

Mysterious Marriage | Ephesians 5:21-33
May 18, 2014 | Pastor Mike

What I told you there was a secret to marriage? You probably wouldn't believe me. Or you would say, "Gimme some of that!" Well, it's true: there is a book that really contains the secret marriage. It's the Bible. Let's see what it is.

Walk Like This, Not Like That | Ephesians 5:15-21
April 27, 2014 | Pastor Mike

How do we know if we are walking "in a manner worthy of our calling" like the Bible says? Here are three questions to ask yourself in order to find out if the way you are walking is the way you should be. 

Unblinded by the Light | Ephesians 5:3-14
April 6, 2014 | Pastor Mike

We live in a world of darkness, but believers in Jesus Christ have now been touched by the Light. And that Light changes the way we live. 

Ditching the Blindfold | Ephesians 4:25-5:2
March 30, 2014 | Pastor Mike

Humans can't walk straight, at least not without a fixed point. Christians are on a journey to Christlikeness, but sometimes we can't seem to walk straight, either. That's when we need to remember that Jesus himself is our "fixed point." You can watch the opening illustration here:

A Spiritual Fashion Statement | Ephesians 4:17-24
March 23, 2014 | Pastor Mike

Everybody is wearing an "outfit"—external actions that represent their internal identity. When someone becomes a Christian their identity radically changes... and so should their outfit! So we constantly "take off the old," and "put on the new." [The first 8 minutes of the message are missing from the audio. We apologize for the inconvenience.]

Unity by Diversity | Ephesians 4:7-16
March 16, 2014 | Pastor Mike

As a church body, our unity is extremely important. But just as important as our unity is our diversity, especially when it comes to spiritual gifts. If we're going to truly be a "body," then it's crucial that we all have parts to play.

One is Not the Loneliest Number | Ephesians 4:1-6
March 9, 2014 | Pastor Mike

You know how the song goes: "one is the loneliest number." That may be true in romantic relationships, but not in spiritual relationships. In fact, "one" is the opposite of lonely: it's the number of belonging.

According to His Riches | Ephesians 3:14-21
March 2, 2014 | Pastor Mike

God's blessings are as rich as his wealth. And sometimes we, like Paul, just have to pray. Paul prays for three things specifically, which come from the generosity of God: strength, love, and peace.

The Unraveled Mystery | Ephesians 3:1-13
February 23, 2014 | Pastor Mike

God has revealed a great mystery to his people. But what exactly is it? [Audio from this message is unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience. However, you will find the transcript below.]

Collective Identity | Ephesians 2:17-22
February 16, 2014 | Pastor Mike

Believers weren't created to survive solely as individuals. They were created to strive as a community. And that community, the Church, has a clear identity that is found in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus, Tear Down This Wall! | Ephesians 2:11-16
February 9, 2014 | Pastor Mike

Just like the Iron Curtain was torn down 25 years ago, Jesus tore down a wall, and what used to be two is now one. The destruction of that wall has a profoud effect on his followers.

A Brief History of Grace | Ephesians 2:1-10
February 2, 2014 | Pastor Mike

"Grace" is a major theme in the book of Ephesians. In fact, the word shows up three times in Ephesians 2:1-10, where Paul tells the story of God's grace in three stages.

Please, Know More | Ephesians 1:15-23
January 19, 2014 | Pastor Mike

When we pray we ask for many things, but we don't often ask for knowledge. And we almost never ask to know something that is already true in our lives. But that is Paul's prayer for the Ephesians. Maybe it should be ours, too.

Every Spiritual Blessing | Ephesians 1:1-14
January 12, 2014 | Pastor Mike

The Bible tells us that every spiritual blessing given by God comes through his Son, Christ Jesus. But what exactly are those "spiritual blessings?" And how do they affect us?