Ephesians II: Chosen for Blessing - Ephesians 1:3-6

What a joy it is that you have been chosen by God for blessing. You weren’t passed by or overlooked; you’ve been called by God! And God didn’t choose you in order to judge you or correct you; God chose you for your good! This is the central message of our text today; this is what you need to believe and take to heart: God chose you so that He could bless you.Eph. 1:3-14 contains a prayer of benediction, praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In v. 3: you are blessed by God the Father, in Christ…

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians I: All Things United in Christ - Ephesians 1:1-2, 10

God’s plan for the world is to unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth. He is bringing about a cosmic redemption, undoing the division and destruction that has torn the world apart. Everything that sin has shattered – our relationship to God, natural human and supernatural relationships, even internal divisions that exist in our own hearts – all of this is going to be put right! That’s God’s plan, and Jesus is how this divided world is united once again.And so when he writes to the Ephesians, Paul introduces himself as an apostle of Jesus…

Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Jonah D: The Sign of Jonah - Matt. 12:38-41

If Jesus is who He says He is, then the scribes and Pharisees need to do what He says to do: repent and believe the gospel! And so they ask for a sign, not simply another miracle, but confirmation that Jesus works for God and not the devil. Unless we see this sign, they say, any repentance on our part would be premature.But this is not wisdom or caution; this is hard-hearted spiritual blindness, and so Jesus responds very harshly: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign…

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CJ Bowen