Grow to maturity in Christ

cropped-13585354-256-k574691I had the privilege of leading a Bible study for a couple of families the other night after we had a wonderful dinner. We took a look at Ephesians 4. I would like to share what we discovered. In order to better understand the context of Saint Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, we need a little background information. In Acts 19, we learn about how Paul made disciples in Ephesus and the church was formed. Paul stayed in Ephesus for two years, making disciples. In Acts 20, Paul gives his final instructions to the Ephesians. This is his final teaching that he gave them face to face. He is going to instruct them more through his letter that is to come later. This church is very important because these believers made disciples in Asia Minor. These disciples formed the other 6 churches that the Apostle John writes letters to in the Book of Revelation. Now, let’s take a look at some of what Paul teaches the Ephesian disciples through his letter to them. Continue reading

Genuine faith produces good works

Our staff is going to meet later on today and continue our walk through the book of James. Our topic this week is faith and works. Our main passage is James 2:14-26. Are the two separate or do they have anything to do with one another in God’s economy? Some teach that you have to work for your salvation. Others say that faith alone is enough and works have nothing to do with salvation. There are some who argue that James and Paul contradict each other in their epistles, claiming that Paul teaches faith alone and James teaches faith with works. Is this true? Continue reading