September 12, 2015
The Invitation: You just can’t say no.
Chapter One: . . .
Do I have a something higher and better than this?
Harry Potter, a letter from an owl. The first one was burned. Then so many letters arrived that not even the adults who were trying to suppress him could deny the letters.
Katniss saves her sister by replacing her in the games.
Divergent, the girl is not like everyone else, her difference makes her dangerous to the powers that be.
Spiderman, Peter Parker is bitten by the spider and he can’t go back.
The Christian Calling.
[Eph 1:1 ESV] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
[Eph 1:2 ESV] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[Eph 1:3 ESV] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
[Eph 1:4 ESV] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
[Eph 1:5 ESV] he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
[Eph 1:6 ESV] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
How Did He Do It?
[Eph 1:7 ESV] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
[Eph 1:8 ESV] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
[Eph 1:9 ESV] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
[Eph 1:10 ESV] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
CAN’T Lose It!
1. God planned it.
[Eph 1:11 ESV] In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
[Eph 1:12 ESV] so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
2. God Sealed You Forever.
[Eph 1:13 ESV] In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
[Eph 1:14 ESV] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Saved from the zombies.
[Eph 2:1 ESV] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
[Eph 2:2 ESV] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--
[Eph 2:3 ESV] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
[Eph 2:4 ESV] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
[Eph 2:5 ESV] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--
[Eph 2:6 ESV] and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
[Eph 2:7 ESV] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God saved you, you did not “Let’ God save you.
[Eph 2:8 ESV] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
[Eph 2:9 ESV] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
How about you?