Ephesians 1:11–14 (ESV)
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
It is a new year, isn’t it!
At Mountain View Christian Church, we are looking forward to growth as individuals, but also as growth as the Body of Christ in this part of the city.
Some points to note:
- I will be preaching a series on the book of Ephesians. Check the sermon download page if you want to hear these. The series will run for 17-20 weeks.
- Wednesday night Bible study will be a brand-new approach: Salvation’s Symphony. This will be a look at the many words and terms God’s Word uses to illuminate the doctrine of salvation.
- We will have a number of “Special Events.” Please click on the link to learn about these.
Seek the Lord, have a great year. Let’s do this together.
Please Click on the Menu, “Special Events” (above) for information about our Christmas Eve Service!
Check out this Facebook group, for those who want to read better, slower, and perhaps, less.
“Keep Christ in #Christmas” is a good idea, but how about keeping Christ in #Christians?
This Sunday at Mountain View, Redeemer University College Daniel Jumaquio will be preaching from Philippians chapter 2. The Worship Band from Redeemer will lead worship. It goes without saying (but here it is anyway), “You are Welcome to Attend!?”
11 AM, coffee before, during and likely after!
Many seek hope wherever they can find it. The mistake, though, is in thinking that hope is a sort of buffet table of options, when there is only one. Some seek a general notion of god, or higher power, without seeking to hope in Him on His terms:
“There is no such thing as Christianity apart from the Lord Jesus Christ; there is no blessing from God to man in a Christian sense except in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Anything which claims to be Christianity without having Christ at the beginning and the centre and the end is a denial of Christianity, call it what you will. There is no Christianity apart from Him; He is everything.”
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 43.
Grace becomes “cheap” when we fail to appreciate its breadth and depth:
“It is because man has an inadequate conception of sin that he has an inadequate conception of the grace of God. If you want to measure grace you must measure the depths of sin. Grace is that which tells man that in spite of all that is so true of him God looks upon him with favour. It is utterly unmerited, it is entirely undeserved; but this is the message of ‘Grace be unto you.’ It is an unmerited and undeserved action by God, a condescending love. When man in sin deserved nothing but to be blotted out of existence God looked on him in grace and mercy and dealt with him accordingly.”
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 40–41.
“Are you a miserable, unhappy Christian, feeling that the fight is too much for you? and are you on the point of giving up and giving in? What you need is to know the power that is working mightily for you, the same power that brought Christ from the dead. If we but know that we are meant to be ‘filled with all the fulness of God’ we should no longer be weak and ailing and complaining, we should no longer present such a sorry picture of the Christian life to those who live round and about us. What we need, primarily, is not an experience, but to realize what we are, and who we are, what God has done in Christ and the way He has blessed us. We fail to realize our privileges.”
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 21.
This is what our church looks like after a typical Sunday service after all the kids clear out- Cracker crumbs and sippy cups everywhere you turn- and we wouldn’t want it any other way! A church without children would be a sad place indeed.