Posts Tagged ‘Epistle to the Ephesians’

Barking Up The Right Tree


Bulletin/Handout notes

 Original Message/Sermon:  Pastor Jeff Daws
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 9/25/11.
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Today’s point: Unity makes Stockbridge Community
Jesus said “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall”. Luke 11:17 NIV
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3 NIV
How to keep the unity of Stockbridge Community.
1. FOCUS on what we have in common, not our differences.
So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Romans 14:19 MSG
2. Be REALISTIC in your expectations.
Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2 NLT
3. Refuse to LISTEN to gossip.
Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and tensions disappear when gossip stops. Proverbs 26:20 LIVING
4. By stepping up as ONE through CONNECT GROUPS.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23
When we step up as ONE through Connect Groups we….
Offer hope through friendship.
Nurture leaders through commitments.
Engage our campus through worshipping God together.
Your next steps today:
1. I will become one with my SCC family by joining a Connect Group (See
2. I have been away from Christ & am recommitting my life to Him today.
3. I have not accepting Christ in my life before today, but I now accept Him as Lord & Savior.
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Spirit of Religion


Two faced Christians

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12).

While many of the evils Paul is warning the church of Ephesus about are unable to be seen, even in modern times. There are others that can be seen. One of the main ones I have learned about as of late is the “Religious Spirit“. Naturally, I am not saying that I believe there is a demon named Religion, but let us face facts, is it not possible? Think of how many otherwise wonderful christians have fallen victim to church tradition. Think for a moment about how many young women have come to a church for the first time in their lives and felt outcast by the members or staff because they turned their nose up at her clothes or her hardware (piercings) and never sought Christ again. You never know when your first impression ON someone can be their last about Jesus. I am not perfect, not by a long shot. I love the ink that I have put on my skin, not entirely certain I would do it all again, and for those of you who don’t know and are wondering, no they are not obvious. But it makes me sad that anyone would feel the need to ask that to begin with. At one point I had five pieces of jewelry hanging from my head via my ears, now there are only three and thanks to my son Christian being a “grabber” I am debating the two lowest hanging of those fruits. Many think that if they are visibly seen praying aloud, carrying a Bible everywhere with them, or talking to everyone about Jesus even, then they are doing their part, and to a degree they probably are. But if you are that person I just spoke of, and you are sadly one of the many that is only working for God because of what He can do for you, then I earnestly ask you to reconsider your works. As christian ministers, disciples, and apostles we have but one job, to get to Heaven by forming a one on one relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the very Son of God who died for all of our transgressions and everyone else’s for that matter; while doing our very best to take as many to Heaven with us. There are many examples of Church Tradition or Religious Tradition being the very downfall of many a great woman or man of God and I pray today that you do not let that spirit lead you down that path.

Stay blessed and not stressed.


God’s Mysteries

Jesus on the Cross

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Mark 4:11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.”  (This verse clearly implies that Jesus was speaking of only his followers who truly follow him comprehend any part of Christianity or the word of God. To read scripture is one thing, to absorb the Word is entirely different.)

Ephesians 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ  (again indicating that the mystery is only comprehended through Jesus)

Romans 16:25b the mystery that was kept secret for long ages (this tells us that before Jesus came to Earth, the mystery was unable to be fully comprehended)

Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ (this simply points back to my previous statements that Jesus himself, is the ultimate mystery that the Bible reveals)

Colossians 1:27b this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (the mystery solved through the revealing and accepting of Jesus brings a real,  hope of glory to the individual)

Ephesians 3:3-4 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,(Paul clearly stating that the mystery was revealed to him, through Jesus and then reflecting it to the congregation in Ephesus for absorption)

Ephesians 3:9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things (once again, the mysteries were hidden until Jesus time on Earth, by he himself. Also, speaking about ministering to those who still do not know Jesus)

Ephesians 5:32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (church meaning those who truly believe in Jesus)

Revelation 10:7 in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (the full ministry can never be fully comprehended by mere humans, only to his servants and faithful upon the time of the return of Jesus)

All of these verses together pretty much state that the reason outsiders do not understand Jesus is because their eyes are blinded from the mysteries of God. Only once they accept Jesus into their hearts can they even “begin” to understand. And even still, the full comprehension will not occur until the time of revelation.

Stay Blessed,


Your hands are too small

A nineteenth century picture of Paul of Tarsus

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We are told throughout Scripture, that if we need something or need something done to ask God for help. He does not care how big or small the issue is. David said to God “Do not keep silent, O God of my praise” (PS110). If King David, someone who close to the Father would speak to God as if he were speaking to a personal friend, then we who have a relationship with God personally as our Faith indicates, should follow suit.
If the Apostle Paul’s words to the Galatians “We live by faith in the Son of God, who loves and died for us” apply to all Gentiles then why not put that same faith to work in our prayers. We say that God can make anything possible, but so often we do not act as if we truly believe that. We see so many great men and women fall victim of self-made depressions. All because they spend so much time worrying about things that “they” are too small to handle. However, as I write this now, I am certain that the God above is BIG enough to handle all of their issues. Just as well as he can handle yours and mine. Don’t let the co-worker next to you who doesn’t have any faith in anything other than himself hinder you. To paraphrase Romans 12: Don’t be brainwashed by the world, let God transform your mind. In doing that, and fully surrendering, you give him the problems and remove a world of hurt from your heart at the same time. Trust me, what he can do with your issues is far beyond the power of the hands you hold them in.

“God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of. Infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes(Ephesians 3)”