Ephesians VI: Children of Wrath - Ephesians 2:1-3

What happened to Jesus happens to you when you put your faith in Him. In Ephesians 1, Paul proclaims four truths about Jesus: He was dead, He was raised from the dead, He was seated in the heavenly places, and He rules over all. The first ten verses of chapter 2 then explain how being united to Christ means that God’s power is working these same things in you. Ephesians 2:1 – you were dead; 2:5 – you were made alive; 2:6 – you were seated in the heavenlies; and 2:10 explains that where Christ’s present calling is to rule overThe…

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Pentecost 2019: A Tower to Heaven - Gen 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21

Human beings are inveterate tower-makers, constantly racing one another to see who can build the tallest. It starts with blocks and Legos, and we haven’t yet seen where it ends. From the beginning, towers have represented man’s attempt to climb up to heaven and take a seat on heaven’s throne. Whether anyone ever literally thought a tower could reach into heaven or not, the motivations of fame, glory, power, wealth, and making a name for oneself have always been built in to man’s tower-making efforts. In Genesis 11, God knew that the Tower of Babel was not just a challenging architecturalGod…

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians V: Christ Above All - Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians Chapter 1 can be divided up into two halves; vv. 3-12 contain Paul’s great list of blessings, and vv. 15-23 contain Paul’s great prayer on our behalf. Paul has tried his best to describe Jesus and all His blessings to you, but what he really wants is for you to see it for yourself. He’s painted a wonderful picture right in front of you, but he can’t open your eyes. So what can Paul do? Pray. This is Paul’s prayer for the church: I pray that God the Father would enable you to see His power working through Jesus ChristThe…

Posted on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 by CJ Bowen