To Pursue God’s Unimaginable Vision For His Church
So That He Might Receive MUCH GLORY.”
What is the best thing you could imagine God doing in our church? Would it be...
…celebration gatherings where Jesus is proclaimed and adored as our highest aspiration?
…Gospel Communities who are devoted to one another and genuinely helping one another grow to maturity in Christ?
…disciples who are equipped and using their God-given spiritual gifts to edify the church and evangelize the lost?
…masses of lost people turning from their sins and trusting Jesus as their Savior and Lord?
These are some of the highest things that we could ask or imagine for our church. Sometimes we settle for even less than this when we relate to God's church, thinking that it is merely there to meet our felt needs or give us a weekly shot-in-the-arm of inspiration.
But what if we believed that God actually wanted even more than this for his church? What if we really believed that God is willing and "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" for his "glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations." (see Eph. 3:20-21 NIV). That's the picture of the church that the Apostle Paul paints in his letter to the Ephesians.
As we gaze into the glorious picture of Christ and his church through this study in Ephesians, we pray God does more than we could imagine in the following areas of the mission he has given us:
Proclaim Jesus – That he would expand our WONDER at our identity in Christ so that his work defines our daily experience.
Equip Servants – That he would expand our VISION of church ministry so that we each maximize our role in the body.
Send Witnesses – That he would expand our PASSION for the gospel of grace so that we carry it to the lost.