This sermon was based on Ephesians 3:1-13.
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
1For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
The Mystery is Revealed
• Incredible teaching.
• Invites all nations and cultures – to worship Him [Jesus] – to be in his church.
• Great purpose.
Church Is to Challenge and Change the World
• Paul describes his own call.
• The same call today.
• Being part of a church.
Church Stands up to Evil
• Church being an example to the world, the people around us.
• Seeking to understand, honour, appreciate those that are different to you.
• Jesus teaches us to pray.
Church Is to Boldly Approach
• An example to world, a statement to evil.
• How we can boldly approach God.
• Calling to boldly live as the body of Christ.