The Gospel Mystery (Ephesians 3:1-13)
Topic: Sermons Passage: Ephesians 3:1–13
Well, this week we’re continuing in Ephesians by looking at “The Gospel Mystery” in Ephesians 3:1-13. This passage is often skipped over because it seems to be very theological and not very practical. As someone who teaches “Practical Theology” I kind of take exception to that. Theology, rightly understood, is immensely practical. And that’s because theology is ultimately not just about what we believe, but how we live. For theology to be truly helpful, it has to be applied.
And here, in Ephesians 3, it’s applied in two primary ways. We’re told about “the mystery made known” so it shouldn’t be much of a mystery anymore. And then we’re told that it’s made known “through the church.” Tim Keller says that “God is out to heal all the effects of sin – psychological, social, and physical – and the place where people can most clearly see it will be in the church.” Have you been able to see how God is healing the effects of sin – in your life, in other’s lives, in relationships, in families – in our church? Are you even looking for those things? And if you do see them, will you recognize them? Will you even understand what’s happening?
Those are hard questions, but they’re really important, and yes, they’re immensely practical. And answering those questions will help us learn how the Gospel works in our lives, individually and relationally. Like the rest of Ephesians, it should be enlightening and challenging, encouraging and convicting, all at the same time! See you Sunday! Dr. Dave
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