Continuing in Grace

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 6:21-24 Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (v. 23 NRSV) We began this letter with a greeting of grace. Now we will end our time together with that same grace. My prayer has been that you encounter the grace that can only come from being rooted in Jesus Christ. It is through my own experience of this grace that these words of challenge and encouragement …

Relentless

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 6:10-20 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (v. 18) Paul’s passion for the Lord was relentless. He was willing to (and did) go to the ends of the earth to proclaim the Good News. It was a commitment that endured shipwrecks, mobs, opposition from authorities, and prison. This is why he calls people to put on the whole armor of God, so that we may withstand whatever is thrown our way by …

Living in Community

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 5:21–6:4 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. (v. 21 NRSV) This is a difficult passage. Too many times I have heard it applied in ways that oppress rather than focus on the call to serve. But the submission that Paul calls for is mutual, not one-sided. As you read the passage, ask yourself, “How much do I allow myself to serve those I love the most?” After all, swallowing our pride so that we …

The New Me

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 4:17-24 You were taught to put away your former way of life. (v. 22 NRSV) Paul’s words in Ephesians continually invite us to die to some of the things that we want most in the present. While we may desire a nicer car, covet a better paying job, or crave a picture-perfect family, Paul challenges us to something different. He challenges us to act differently, but he also wants us to change how we value things. He challenges …

Fear Not

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 4:9-16 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. (v. 11 NRSV) I love being a pastor because I get to see faith come alive in people, in different ways. Everyone has something they’re passionate about. For some, it’s discussion of a book. Others love to get their hands dirty in service projects. Still others are faithful in prayer. Having so many ways to engage our faith helps …

Understanding our Faith

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. (v. 20) Every good book, movie, or song has a “hook” that grabs our attention. Ephesians 3:20 hooks me. The apostle Paul is about to apply the amazing theology he has laid out in chapters 1-3, but before he does, he ends this prayer with a doxology. He reminds us how every blessing flows from God. He tells us …