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January 19, 2018, 8:56 AM

Ephesians 2:8-10 The Workmanship of God


Church Family,

The Church of Ephesus, according to Revelation 2, knew how to do church, but lost the love of reaching the lost for Christ. In short, they had become an inwardly focused church. They knew how to tell people how to do church, but somewhere they stopped doing the deeds of a healthy church. Inwardly focused churches will inevitably become divided. When Faith in Christ is no longer leading the church, the people will have to pick sides within the church as to who they are following.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

When Christ saves us, he doesn’t stop there. Believers become the workmanship of Christ. God continues to shape us and use us for His purposes. Paul says it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

When we see ourselves as being the work of Christ, we humble ourselves and offer ourselves to God for His purposes. We never demand praise, but rather, give all the praise to the Grace of God. The believer must remember that it’s the Grace of God and not our works that make us who we are in Christ. No one can stand up and draw people to themselves, but rather they use what God has given them to draw people to Him. The church of Ephesus forgot this. They bragged about what they knew, what they had done, and forgot about the Grace of God. Their disunity(Ephesians 4) was never dealt with properly. History tells us that they never repented.

If we have trusted God with our eternal souls, why can’t we trust Him with our earthly life? We are what we are by the Grace of God. None of us can boast in ourselves, but rather let us boast and share with others what the Grace of God has done in our lives. Let us be quick to tell others that God wishes to extend His grace to their lives as well. Let us also be quick to trust that what God is doing in us is enough to accomplish His will.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday, we will have a brief meeting for those interested in going to Toronto on a mission trip this summer.
  2. Monday night at 6pm supper will be served and at 7pm the Association meeting begins. It will cost everyone $5 to eat.
  3. Wednesday January 24th, we will meet at 6pm. Supper will be free. We ask that you bring a dessert. We will meet with Matt Hess and Scott Ridenour from our Toronto church plant. Come and see why we are so excited to partner up with these and others in Toronto to reach the world for Christ.
  4. This Sunday we will have a baptism service. Please invite all your lost friends and loved ones to see this. Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on us before, during, and after this service.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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