Last Sunday, July 16, we began a 4-week preaching series on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Here is some background information on this letter by Paul.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of the most comprehensive letters written by Paul to explain to us the nature of God and God’s great plan and purpose for His creation. Although the exact date the letter was written is somewhat unknown, there is general consensus that Paul wrote the letter around 60 A.D., while he was imprisoned in Rome. Paul was concerned about the Ephesians, and he tried to encourage them and offer hope. At the time of Paul’s writings, Ephesus was the commercial metropolis of Asia. Ephesus was known for the temple of Diana, regarded as one of the so-called seven wonders of the ancient world. Paul had lived in Ephesus for two years until the worshippers of Diana stirred up a violent riot against him. Before being incarcerated in Rome, Paul returned to the area for a final visit to warn the elders of deception (Acts 20: 17-38).
Our schedule for this preaching series is as follows:
July 16 Ephesians 1:1-14
July 23 Ephesians 2:11-22
July 30 Ephesians 4:1-16
August 6 Ephesians 6:10-20
For your preparation to worship, I invite you to read the letter to the Ephesians as a whole. What does the letter say about God? About us? About God-in-relationship-to-us? What are we being encouraged to do as Christians together?
I am looking forward to exploring Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with you. See you Sunday!