Our Church in Action (Eph 2:11-22)
Have we reached our destination? Do we have a culture of peace now?
#1 Our Church: the Community of the LOST. (vv 11-12)
Paul reminds us of our PAST.
We were LOST apart from Christ.
#2 Our Church: the Community of the REDEEMED and the RECONCILED. (vv 13-18)
Our peace was purchased by the BLOOD of Christ.
For Christians in conflict, the blood of Christ brings peace with GOD and with OTHER BELIEVERS
The basis or ground for reconciliation with other believers is the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT in all Christians.
Does God want you to pray about assisting the Peacemaking Team?
#3 Our Church: a dwelling place for God? (vv 19-22)
We can be confident because the FOUNDATION of the church is built on the solid foundation of Christ.
The Lord is making our church into a dwelling where GOD lives by his SPIRIT
Conclusion: We have a great calling as Christians – to be peacemakers because of the peace we have in Christ. To be reconcilers because we’ve been reconciled. To be a people where God chooses to live by his Spirit.
Challenge: Can we be a dwelling place for God? It sounds like too much for us but Eph 3:20-21 gives us confidence and hope in the God who does unthinkable things through his church.
Originally shared at River Rock Church Nov 8th, 2009 Pastor Chris Teien
Message adapted using purchased sermon material from Peacemaker Ministries