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

Ephesians IV: Sealed With the Spirit - Ephesians 1:11-14

In Ephesians 1:11-14, the concluding section of Paul’s great benediction recounting the blessings God has given us in Christ, the Apostle presents three themes that come together to serve the great goal of God’s electing love: the identity of God’s chosen people, the inheritance we’ve been predestined for, and the role of the Holy Spirit in God’s great plan to unite all things in Jesus, all to the praise of His glory.First, as we seek to understand who these blessings belong to, we need to look at the pronouns that Paul uses. In vs. 11, Paul says that “we” have…

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by CJ Bowen