SERMON SERIES:

Be Restored in '24: Choose transformation

12/31/2023

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Happy New Year! It is exciting that we are on the verge of a new year! You may be in the process of making new year resolutions. The start of another year is always an opportunity to look back over the past year and consider how far we have come or the ground that we have lost. At times, we struggle with hope because of the setbacks and problems of the previous twelve months. What will it be for you, as you start 2024? Despair, defeat, and depression are always options, but these are not options that generally give us strength and hope. We need options that infuse us with hope and inspire us to confront the obstacles of our lives. Our sermon series to start 2024 is Be Restored in 24, and it is designed to help us overcome the circumstances and find a greater sense of God’s power in the process. Our first sermon is from Ephesians 3:10-21 and the title is Choose Transformation. Paul is writing to the believers in Ephesus to help them thrive in the harsh environment of the first-century world. There were plenty of other religious options to choose from and many people had numerous gods of wood or stone, rather than a God who hung on a cross and claimed to be resurrected! The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to recognize that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is still at work in our lives. With this resurrection power, obstacles can be overcome, lives can be changed, idols can be conquered, and a vibrant relationship with God can be restored! We find that we have more strength than we could ever imagine because this resurrection is in our lives through Jesus Christ! We pray that you will be filled with the powerful Spirit of Christ to overcome a broken past and find that Jesus is “making everything new” in your heart.

 

Ephesians 3:10-21 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)