Friday, August 15, 2008

Ephesians With Chip

This morning we spent an hour on our own, everyone getting some time with the Lord, and then the Autumn Film led us in worship. After that, Chip Scivicque got up and led us in the book of Ephesians.

I appreciated a lot of the things Chip shared, and I cried like a baby during parts of it. I kept looking around, thinking, "Surely Andy McCullough planned for this and is going to send someone down the aisles with tissues." But he didn't. :)

Here are a few things Chip shared with us:

"Paul's central paradigm for the Chrisitian life is that the more we understand God's grace, the more we desire to live a life of worship."

"The gospel is good news about a victory that has been won."

He also shared that we have been chosen for adoption (Eph 1:3-6) by sharing the beautiful story of his family adopting Amber. He showed us that God has redeemed and forgiven us (vss 7-10) and that He has given us a great inheritance, which is His presence (vss 11-14). He told us about God's lavish grace "for the praise of His glory"... that His grace glorifies Himself and moves us to live lives of worship.

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