Filled with All the Fullness of God
Prayer is essential if we are to experience the fullness of God.
(Read Ephesians 3:14-21)
We are often impressed and inspired to greater heights of living as we observe the world around us. Many times, we want to see changes in our lives that replicate the habits of people who inspire us. Virtually every Christian I know desires to grow in godliness and specifically in their effectiveness in prayer, time spent praying, and passion for prayer. Prayer is crucial and yet often not fully utilized. Many Christian I know desire greater amounts of transformation in their lives in areas such as killing sin, living in obedience to God, loving God and others, and walking in joy and boldness. My hope is that this sermon and this text will give us guidance in how to pray, what to pray for, and how to seek life transformation.
Pray for God's empowerment to live in, understand, and embrace God's extraordinary love.
(Review Ephesians 1-3)
In Ephesians 1-3, we see these highlights:
- God has blessed us in the past, present, and future (Eph. 1:1-14)
- Prayer to know the hope God calls us to, who he has made us as his people, and the power he gives to us (Eph. 1:15-23).
- The individual position before God (Eph. 2:1-10).
- Corporate position of the Jew and the Gentile before God (Eph. 2:11-22).
- The gospel is the power of God for salvation, for Jews and Gentiles. (Eph. 3:1-13).
Foundation: Pray to God as the Father of all
Notice that "For this reason," is also in Ephesians 3:1. Ephesians 3:2-13 seem to be a bit of a continuation of Ephesians 2:11-22 where Paul speaks of his stewardship as a gospel preacher to Jews and Gentiles. Paul is bowing his knees before the Father because God has saved us by grace (Eph. 2:1-10) and brought together Jews and Gentiles in one gospel ("every family in heaven and earth" Eph. ...
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Jeremy Kimble is Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University and the author of '40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline' (Kregel, 2017).