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August 11, 2019 10:30a

Ephesians-Great Power/Great You

Ephesians 1:19-23

1. Great Power

Ephesians 1:19-21)

  • We need to grasp how big this God is that we worship
  • When you realize just how big God is...everything else will start to seem small

I Corinthians 15:16-19

The great power of this Gospel is in the fact that death no longer has a hold

The great enemy...the greatest enemy ever...death [without Christ]

If Christ defeated death...imagine the other giants and mountains that can be defeated too!

We need to think of the power of God as a real force

Hebrews 1:3a

  • Everything Jesus has in him...is now is us


John 16:33

Matthew 28:18


The great power of Christ says this

I John 5:4-5

No weapon, system or attack has the right or strength to bring you down

Jesus came to give you ABUNDANT LIFE now...not just in heaven


Great Power leads to a...

2. Great You (“God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things

everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:22-23)

We can be promised all things:

Healing (James 5:14-15), provision (Philippians 4:19), victory (Romans 8:31), joy (Romans 14:17), freedom (Galatians 5:1)

But if you don’t believe it...then you won’t receive it

Everything we do as believers revolves around faith

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6


All of this power and strength

is to make us FULL and COMPLETE


FULL

  • Of faith (“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”Romans 10:12)
  • Faith is still the foundational thing to this life
  • No matter how many historical, archeological and
  • philosophical truths come out
  • Without faith...it just doesn’t work


He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I

say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Start where you are now


Of purpose (“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10)

  • Because the cross is a complete work...the plan He has for you is achievable
  • It’s not about the hand you’ve been dealt...God doesn’t give us lousy hands
  • If your life is pulling you down...get this...You’re here because HE wants you here

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16

  • The devil can’t take that from you

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

  • Romans 11:29

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)


The power of God unlocks the fullness of Heaven in your life

  • Fills us with faith, purpose, blessing... • But it also makes us COMPLETE
  • The beauty of a life with Christ...is that He brings us to our very best...and totally completes us


COMPLETE

Think about what it means to be complete...

  • No more comparisons
  • No more unfair expectations
  • No more ‘misery loves company
  • It means “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17


Being full and complete keeps you strong and encouraged through this crazy world

James 1:2-4



August 11, 2019 5:00