This sermon explores the concept of power set forth in Ephesians.
According to Ephesians God's power--true power!--is working in the world and in our lives. It is this power that was 'put to work' at the resurrection of the Messiah. And it is this power that is now at work in the life of the church, which is the Messiah's body. Paul, himself in chains for preaching the gospel, is able to trust that this revelatory power tells the truth about the world, even in difficult circumstances. Can we see the world Paul sees? The world revealed by the 'gospel of our salvation'? Can we trust this power, over against all the little powers that compete for our allegiance? Ephesians exhorts us to embrace this calling.
Acts 9:1-10, Galatians 3:26-28
Kyle Swann, our MDiV student intern from Princeton Seminary, brings us a message on the transformative power of the cross in the life of Paul.
Genesis 32:6-13, 23-32
Through an examination of Jacob's struggles in the book of Genesis, this sermon encourages Christians to trust the great promises of God over against self-reliance. Within this context, Jacob's limp offers an example of the ways human vulnerability and God's grace make it possible for each human person to be a place where heaven and earth can meet. This capacity calls us away from wrestling with earthly circumstances toward God's miraculous provision.
The New Life in Christ
"So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things--anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!"