Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ephesians 1: 7-10

(Happy Valentines Day)

Relax, Read and Reflect.

Dear God, Open my heart and open my mind, and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.

Ephesians 1:7-10

(7) In him we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace (8) that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (9) And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,(10)to put into effect when the times have reached their fulfillment- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.(NIV)

Wow, what a run-on sentence. Remember; this is Paul's personal correspondence with the church. Here, he is teaching the early Christians about the importance of Christ's death,(the blood.) His death brings redemption and forgiveness. Redemption means to buy, to gain freedom. Through Jesus's death(blood) we are given freedom from sin. In the Old Testament forgiveness was given with a blood sacrifice. Now we are forgiven on the basis of Jesus shedding blood, a perfect and final sacrifice.

God's grace (verse eight) is given to those he saves. We have done nothing to deserve it, and we will never earn it. It comes through God's mercy and love. Without it-no one can be saved, but it is available to all. To receive it, we must understand that we can not save ourselves, only God can save. We can only be saved through faith in Christ.

Is God's plan for his children a secret? No, but that plan could not be totally understood until Christ rose from the dead. God sent Jesus to unite us all, gentile and Jew into one body with Christ as the head. A lot of us still don't understand God's plan, but when the time is right (verse 10) he will bring us together to be with him forever. Then, we will all understand. How Cool is that?

Remember, we are saved because of the death and resurrection of Christ, not because of anything we do. God's love is so complete that his grace is there for everybody!!! We may not know all of God's plan for man, but we know what he has done for us so far. For that, we need to always be joyful and thankful. Do you want there to be more joy in the world? Help some one receive God's grace.

Prayer-Lord, Thank you for your love and your grace. I don't deserve it , but I will accept it. Help me give that gift to others. Go-Fight-Win. Amen

Things to do today:

Read Ephesians 1:11-14 before tomorrow.

Be excited that God has given His son to save you.

Remember to share His grace with others.


Blogger Chad Mc said...

This is exactly the kind of verse that these crazy people here on the SFA campus need to read and understand. They say they are a nondenominational church and they pretty much try the "scare"tactic on all the students. They tell everyone that they are going to Hell for all the sins we do and explain some crazy views they have. They come to try to save people but really all they are doing is pushing people away and representing Christians in a bad way. I just ask that we all pray for people like that, that they are trying to do good, but just are not doing it the right way.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Steve Killam TMTL said...

I feel your pain. This could either be a obstacle or an opprotunity to those of us who believe in God's grace. The people who are "scareing" people are at least out talking about God. The problem is, that this is the only thing a lot people hear about Christianity. It is our duty to share what we understand about God's love and grace. No one said that being a follower of Christ would be easy, but it will be rewarding.
What do others think? Do you run into the same problem at other places?

3:03 PM  
Blogger Clarky Clark said...

SFA isn't the only place where Christians use the scare tatic to try to bring people to Christ. You are right Steve in the sense that they are at least speaking about Christ and hopefully wanting their fellow brethern to know him. One of my favorite reasons I enjoy being Methodist is the ideology of leaning more on forgiveness and grace, and that we know Christ died for us, and we want to share the love that Christ has for us with others. We concentrate more on the "Good" of christianity rather than the "Negative" of the alternative. Personally I'd rather hear good news opposed to bad any day haha.

I like the Blog Steve...keep up the good work. Let me know if you need any help or input. You da man Steve...and God's the greatest!

12:21 AM  

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