Church: A Display of the Gospel
Topic: Biblical Passage: Ephesians 3:7–3:11
Intro: On this membership Sunday, we pause from our Colossians series to consider what it looks like to do life together as a church. Using Ephesians 3:7-11 as our springboard, this message examines how God intends to make the local church a living display of the Gospel.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." –Antoine de St. Exupery
Opening Text: Ephesians 3:7-11
God’s promise of a new covenant and ultimate rescue: Ezekiel 36:22-32
Mark 1:15—“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
THE GOSPEL—THE GOOD NEWS
THE CHURCH AS A DISPLAY OF THE GOSPEL – THE LIVING OUT OF THE WORDS
God’s plan for world evangelism is primarily the local church. As a local expression of the body of Christ, the church should be a display of the Gospel in the way it does life together according to the Scriptures. Below is just a sample of some of exhortations in the New Testament on how we should live together as a church family in light of the Gospel.
- Ephesians 4:1-16
- Galatians 6:1-10
- Titus 2:1-15
- 1 Timothy 5:1-2
- 1 Peter 5:1-11
- Romans 12:3-21
- 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
- Revelation 21:1-4
a group of pardoned rebels…
whom God wants to use to display his glory…
before all Creation…
because they tell the truth about him…
and look increasingly like him…holy, loving, united.