Fellowship at Heidi & Josh’s

Thank you Heidi and Josh for your hospitality!

Comment: John Zobel is a “fumble fingers” at Jenga!

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Finalized collection for the Justin Nyquist Al Asad project

We had planned on packing our gifts for the Justin Nyquist Al Asad project this Wednesday. Due to the change of the church schedule, we have had to make these adjustments:

  • Bring your Justin Nyquist gift either this Wednesday or this Sunday. Sunday is the absolute deadline!
  • Please leave your gift at the Church information desk. Amie Steinhart requests that you mark your gift with Justin’s name.
  • Liz and Joanna will pack our gifts and send them off to to Justin in Iraq.
  • Remember that we need some monies for postage. If you would like to contribute to this need, please provide a small donation to Liz or Joanna. I’m guessing that postage may be approximately $ 20, so if many just gave $ 1. that should cover it. Liz will keep careful accounting and let us know if there is any overage.
  • Liz thought she would take a picture that we can post!
  • If you would like to include a note or a card, please leave that at the information desk as well.
  • Thank you Liz and Joanna for driving this project.
  • Please continue to pray for Justin’s safety!

Dave and Rebecca Deschneau project

(Updated date: 4/19 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Aaron Smith has volunteered to coordinate a service project to do a Spring yard cleanup for the Deschneau’s. If you are interested in helping out, please connect with Aaron.

This project will involve raking, sweeping, & bagging. It may involve some gutter cleanout (one story home).

Pastor Morrell: Candidate page

Pastor Morrell: Candidate page

Comment: All encouraged to utilize the above link to view Pastor Morrell’s biography, his doctrinal statement, and the candidate schedule and process.

Important Announcements

What is happening:

In light of the announcement made today about the Pastoral candidate process, the Wednesday night 4BYA Bible study will have a three week hiatus.

Upcoming Wednesday night events (all in the main auditorium):

  • 4/2: Communion and prayer
  • 4/9: Pastor Matt Morrell preaching
  • 4/16: Congregational vote

Ryan Martin, previously scheduled for Wednesday night 4/2, will be rescheduled.

With regard to the Pastoral candidate process, please:

  • Be in prayer about this process
  • Participate in this process

Flyover of Ephesians 3

This week’s lesson will be from Ephesians chapter 3. I purpose to provide an overview of and explain some of the key words in the chapter. In preparation for the study, please read the chapter through in several versions and consider these key words:

  1. “if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you” (Ephesians 3:2). (Note: select underlined (hyperlinked) verse references to see how this is translated in 5 versions.)
    • Greek: “οἰκονομία“.
    • Meaning: “steward of a household” or “ruler of a household”
    • Other Pauline usage: Ephesians 1:10, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him” & Colossians 1:25, “of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God”
  2. “how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery …” (Ephesians 3:3)
    • Greek: “μυστήριον
    • Other selected Pauline usage:
      • Ephesians 3:4,9 & 5:32
      • Colossians 1:24-26, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.” (Note also “stewardship” (see previous point)).
  3. “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (3:6)
    • I found this verse interesting because of three Greek words that all have the “su-” prefix
    • Select underlined (hyperlinked) words in the above verse.
    • Note on “partakers”: Cf Ephesians 5:7, “5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (same Greek word!)

Things to think about (and questions to ask):

  1. Why does Paul repeat this phrase “For this reason I …” (vs 1,14)?
  2. Why did the translators of the NIV, NKJV, ESV, and NASB put a “-” hyphen at the end of verse 1? (Remember that punctuation would not be found in the Greek text!)
  3. Why doesn’t Paul call himself “a prisoner of the Romans (or of Caesar)“? (cf 3:1, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles”)
  4. What is the link between what we previously studied in chapter 2 and this chapter?
  5. How was Paul “less than the least of all the saints” (vs 8)?
  6. Verse 14 introduces a prayer (“For this reason I bow my knees …”). What was Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers?

Seven sayings of Christ on the cross

  1. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. ” (Luke 23:34)
  2. And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
  3. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27)
  4. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
  5. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” (John 19:28)
  6. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
  7. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)

Comment: Image is “Christ on the Cross” by Gerard de Lairesse