Thank you for allowing our family to join in the story of your church. We enjoy being here and look forward to the next several months. We love Sunday mornings, seeing your smiling faces, learning about your lives and discussing scripture with you. Each month, I want to take this platform to recap those Sunday morning discussions. As many of you know, we are slowly and methodically working our way through the book of Ephesians, so much so that it will take six weeks to get through Chapter One.
Week One we discussed Ephesians 1:1-2 and 4:1 which is the crux of the letter, that being the idea of balancing the call of God with life in the Kingdom.
Weeks Two through Four, we started a three-part-examination of Ephesians 1:3-14, including: a discussion of a God-centric worldview based on all that God has done and is doing in our lives, how this new God-centric worldview reorients our identity and effects the way we see and know God, and therefore, how we see the world around us. On a beautiful Sunday in the park, a church-wide conversation ensued on the actions attributed to God in this passage of Scripture, and what those attributes mean on a personal level.
Week Five moved into an overview of Ephesians 1:15-23 and focused most of our attention on the two realms of reality:
the aeon zoe (eternal life, the realm of God), and the psyche (the realm of the ego-self). In this passage, Paul invites us to live the eternal life of God now, rather than waiting until our deaths.
Week Six concentrates on Ephesians 1:17-19, and the "anatomy of knowing", defining what is true knowledge. In this text, Paul encourages us to know God more, and as a result, confirms that we will also know the hope of our calling, God's "glorious inheritance", and the strength of God's power. True knowledge is not merely academic or objective, and that to have a robust knowledge of a thing, we also must have a subjective knowledge and affective knowledge of it. In this case, that thing is God.
We look forward to diving into Ephesians 2 and digging deeper into life in Knoxville!
Have a blessed month!
Matthew and Sarah Hansen