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SUNDAY 15 APRIL 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
Reading through the books written by Paul and I was struck by something. Lets see if you see it too? What do all these books have in common...
Grace and peace... grace and peace... grace and peace...
Now either that’s because it was the formal thing to do. Like our 'To Whom it May Concern'. Maybe, but my sense of it and what I feel God wants to embed in us (individually and as a community) as we work through Ephesians is captured in these two words is a culture and reality we forget easily.
The reality for us is that Grace & Peace are things we can soak in - but all around us are competing options. Consumerism, materialism, selfish ambition, individualism all clamour for our attention and seek to shape the world we see. We are invited to stand under the flow of GRACE & PEACE - I think Paul writes it every time as it is something we easily forget, yet it is crucial to us to live as the people of God if we want to see the Kingdom extended.