Jesus' Parables for Disciples
Vision for the Church
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Regaining a Vision for Christ's Church
from Paul's Letter to the Ephesians
So often we take the church for granted. Even worse, we sometimes resent or despise the church because of the failings of its all-too-human leaders and members. When you look at the history of the church you see some shining mountain tops, but you also see some rank pits of degradation. Shouldn't we just give up on it? No!
I invite you to take a five-week walk with me through Paul's letter to the Ephesian church. I'd like to share with you a glorious vision for the Church -- Christ's vision for his beloved Body. If you can see it with your spiritual eyes and grasp it with your mind, then you can help bring it to pass as a leader and champion. You can help your own local congregation become all that it can be -- should be -- in Christ. But you must see the potential first.
Can the glory of God fill his Church as it once filled the tabernacle and temple? By merely human effort, no. But there are resources we have scarcely begun to tap. Consider Paul's doxology found in the very heart of Ephesians:
Here are the lessons we'll ponder over these five weeks:
- Introduction to the Letter to the Ephesians. This part is important to lay the foundation for what we'll be studying from Paul's Letter to the Ephesians -- authorship, date, purpose, and life-setting.
- Power in the Church (1:16-23; 2:6; 3:20-21)
This is not a sectarian study designed to induce you to switch churches or denominations. Rather it examines the basic foundations of all branches of Christ's church and has application to every congregation, denomination, and fellowship throughout the world.
Fasten your seatbelts. Be ready to see some new visions and dream some new dreams! Why don't you sign up now, so you'll receive the first lesson this Friday. In the meantime, why don't you begin to read and study the Letter to the Ephesians in your own devotional time.
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