Sortable Messages

- Bishop Handley Moule: “Who has not read and re-read the closing verses of the third chapter of the Ephesians with the feeling of one permitted to look through parted curtains into the Holiest Place of the Christian life?”
- It speaks to our deepest need; Paul models a bold prayer that addresses us at the core.
- All of the struggles, sins, weaknesses you face are directly affected by these truths.
- This prayer encapsulates the whole of the Christian life; it is an audacious prayer.
- Learn how to pray with this kind of audacity for yourself and for others. How? Pray for power.
- Power is an important concept in NT; but power for what? Evangelism? Exorcisms? Healings?
- What does Paul have in mind?

I. Power for Faith (16-17a)
- Every believer has faith; but faith must be nurtured, strengthened, matured.
- “inner being”; 2 Cor 4:16: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
- Our culture fears old age, idolizes youth; we value the outer man.
- But if we value the inner man, we shouldn’t fear getting old; we should welcome it.
- Spirit strengthens us; why? So that Christ may settle down in uscharacter formation
- Gal 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

II. Power for Knowledge (17b-19a)
- This power to “comprehend” is experiential; it means “to take in” with mind, emotions, will
- What is it that Paul prays for us to take in? The love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge.
- Paradox: know what surpasses knowledge; you need supernatural power for this.
- Understand all dimensions of God’s love in Christ:
1. Benevolence (Eph 2:4-5)
2. Delight (Eph 2:10)
- Notice what you need to help take this in: 17b (“rooted and grounded in love”) and 18 (“with all the saints”)
- We experience the richness of God’s love for us in Christ through one another.
- Pray for the supernatural power to know the love of Christ with the church.

III. Power for Fullness (19b)
- Summit of Paul’s prayer: “that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.”
- The fullness of love and life that is in God himself; may you come to share in it.
- Just as God says, “Be holy, as I am holy,” here: “Be full, as I am full.”
- Adam & Eve lured to sin with the promise: “You shall be like God.”
- Paul shows us true path to become like God: Christ’s work for us & Spirit’s work in us.
- Pray for power to share in the very fullness of God himself.

- Do you see how audacious this is? Can we really pray this, or is it too lofty?
- See vv. 20-21; God’s omnipotent power can do far more in us than we could imagine.
- 1952: J.B. Phillips published Your God Is Too Small. Are your prayers too small?

TWO MORNING SERVICES STARTING IN FEBRUARY

On February 4th, we will add an additional 8:15am morning worship service on most Sundays during the fall and spring semesters. Due to this schedule adjustment, our Sunday School classes will now be incorporated into our Sunday evening schedule.