July 11th, 2021 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Bible Study after service or 11:15ish
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Today is the last of our “Zooming” of worship services. In the Spirit of Hebrews 10:25 we wish to encourage all to “not neglect to meet together but gather to encourage one another.”
Devotion & Prayer Thought
I think I’ve said prior that Ephesians is the Pauline letter that most resonates with me. It does so because its metaphors are financial, familial, and cosmic, and those are the ones I get at a gut level. Almost all of Paul’s letters start the same way. The first couple of verses are like the return address and basic greeting. From: Paul To: The church at Ephesus. Grace and Peace to you. But then, at various different lengths in the letters, Paul introduces the themes of the letter. That introduction is our Epistle lesson today. The cosmic background of the letter is first up. “Blessed be God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world.” Everything that is in heaven has been given to you, and this was the plan from before the world was made. The best in all creation, before there was time, is yours in Christ. You don’t get more cosmic than that. Such stakes will of course bring in cosmic “bad guys”, but fear not, this is God’s plan.
What is his plan? “In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ…in Him we have obtained an inheritance.” These are the familial themes. We have been made part of God’s family. And being part of God’s family means we have an inheritance. God is not some beggar, but the cosmic King. You have been made princes of the realm. Even though we are but dust, we have great expectations because Our Father has given us all spiritual blessings. The honor of His house, of our house, depends upon God keeping his promises. Herod felt that weight of his promise enough to deliver the Head of the Baptist to Herodias, how much more The King delivering on something to his family that has been his grand plan all along?
So what are the financial stakes? Think about the fall of man as an enemy combatant capturing a part of the King’s territory and enslaving those people. That is what happened in the ancient world when you lost the battle. That is exactly what Satan did in the garden. “But in Christ we have redemption through His blood according to the riches of His grace.” The Father would not withhold the Kingdom’s most precious item, the life of the crown prince. The King redeemed his territory through Jesus. And we have been given the Holy Spirit –“You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest money. If the King doesn’t complete the transaction – the resurrection – we keep the Spirit. He’s going to complete it. You don’t walk away from a person of the Trinity, if such a thing were even possible. Yes, we don’t have that inheritance just yet. The family is still growing. Soon.
There are other metaphors for what God has done for us in Christ: sacrificial, creation/light, food, and others. But I’m a sucker for a big canvass that tells a family story. What is the language of grace that most speaks to you?
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: July 12th – July 19th
Mon-Wed.……………… Pastoral Continuing Ed
Wednesday…………….. 10:00am Saver’s delivery
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Galatians, come join us!
- Confirmation: Returns in September
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Returns in September
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the Gospel of Mark
- Catechism Moment: Lord’s Prayer. If you didn’t get it in your inbox, let me know please!