Third week in a six-week series called Grace-Filled Way of Life. The author of the Letter to the Ephesians, as well as the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, talks about unity, rather conformity. We all don’t have to be on one side of the fence for Jesus to love us, or for us to love Jesus and love neighbors and strangers. To live a grace-filled way of life means stepping into a process of reconciliation and vulnerability. It means stepping into a broken world where we aren’t all exactly the same. It means embracing the life that God intended for each and every person and for all of creation. God through Jesus breaks into this world to reveal a new creation.
In this series, we explore the Letter to the Ephesians. How does this letter to congregations in the First century A.D. throughout Asia Minor inform us today about Jesus and how to be Christians, or People of the Way. Ephesians is a letter about living together in the midst of human differences in grace-filled ways. However, overtime, it has become a letter steeped in doctrine. What does it mean to be saved by grace through faith? How does doing good works play a part in our salvation or doesn’t it? Do we still believe in doctrine such as predestination? What does it mean to be a citizen of two kingdoms, the earthly kingdom and the heavenly kingdom? Throughout this series, we will explore these big questions and more.