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Messages August 27th to October 15th: The Mystery of God for His Church: Ephesians 3

       Introduction: In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul encourages the Gentile believers to know
and live out their new relationship with God in Christ. In chapter three, he explains the mystery of God
regarding their salvation and the special relationship that they have with God.

       Objective: The mystery regarding the salvation of the Gentiles was of eternal significance in that it
also romised a new set of corresponding rights and privileges that they never enjoyed or experienced
before. We Will explore these rights and privileges and see how they apply to us as believers today.

Dates and messages for August 27th through October 15th:

August 27th: “God wants you to know His plan for your life”

               Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-3
               Objective: Paul introduces the Gentiles to God’s great mystery concerning their salvation and
God’s calling for him to share this mystery with them. We will study how God called the apostle and why
He revealed this mystery especially to him, and then apply these findings to our own calling by God for us

September 3rd: Resisting, Grieving and Quenching the Holy Spirit.  (Elder Roy Hoffman)

               How these things hinder the work of the Spirit in our lives.
               Scripture: Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 5:19, Acts 7:51

September 10th: “God has a special message for you”

               Scripture: Ephesians 3:4-6
Objective: Paul explains this great mystery and how God revealed its message to him and the other
apostles through the Holy Spirit. We will study how the Holy Spirit revealed this mystery to the
apostle and how God reveals His message to us today.

September 17th: “God has a ministry especially for you”

               Scripture: Ephesians 3:7-10
               Objective: Paul shares how God made him a minister of the mystery in spite of who he was and
what he did before he was saved. We will explore how God saved Paul and placed him in the ministry to
discover and apply the same calling that God has on our lives for service and ministry.

September 24th: “God is inviting you to enter His presence”
               Scripture: Ephesians 3:11-13
               Objective: Paul continues to explain how the ministry of this mystery emboldens us to have the
               confidence to enter into the very presence of God in order to overcome any trials and or
tribulations that we may encounter. We will study how Paul relied on the promises of God’s presence to
overcome his trials and how we can experience God’s power and presence also.

October 1st:  “God wants you to experience the consistent presence of Christ and His love”
               Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-17
               Objective: Paul prays for the Gentile believers that they would know their relationship with the
Father, the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, and the presence and the love of Jesus Christ in their
lives. We will study the first part of Paul’s prayer and apply the promises of this prayer to our own lives.

October 8th: “God wants you to know just how much He loves you and how that can change
your life”

               Scripture: Ephesians 3:17-19
               Objective: The second part of Paul’s prayer relates to the believers understanding,
experiencing, and living in the fullness of God’s love for them. We will study Paul’s request for these
introductions into God’s love and learn how we can know the love of God and be loved by God.

October 15th: “God wants you to know just how the powerful your prayers can be”
                Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21
                Objective: We will study Paul’s benediction and see how it gives us and understanding of how
we should pray, the power that is available to us when we pray, and what we can expect when we pray
according to what Paul is teaching.
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