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God Has a Plan - and We're Part of It

Stuart Briscoe

You wouldn’t start up a company without a business plan or build a house without blueprints. Anything worth creating is typically designed with a plan in mind. God’s creations are no exception. Isn’t it reassuring to know—no matter how chaotic and troubling the events of our world seem—that God has a grand plan? Even more encouraging… His plan includes us!

As Stuart teaches in this rich series on Ephesians, if you believe God has a plan that includes you (and that’s what the Bible says), you will live your life differently than those who don’t believe. This teaching will encourage you to live like you’ve been created uniquely, redeemed personally, and gifted specifically to do something of eternal significance. Are you ready to know more about God’s plan for your life?

Messages From This Series:

Some people see a world spinning hopelessly out of control, while others explore the universe looking for worlds for mankind to conquer. But both forget one thing. God has a plan—and we’re part of it! The epistle to the Ephesians explains.

Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-1:14

Having blessed God for His blessings lavished on the Ephesians, Paul comments on their behavior and then launches into a prayer for their continued spiritual development which gives us a clue to what God plans for believers.

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-1:23

It is no secret that the human race is in deep trouble, but there is little agreement on the exact nature and the extent of the problems. Scripture not only explains the situation, but also outlines God's response…His gracious plan of salvation.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-2:10

Too often we focus on issues that divide us as a people instead of the things that unify us. And when that happens, there's the potential to stay within your collective group of like-minded people and treat others differently, maybe even judgmentally. How do you keep yourself from a judgmental worldview so that you can see people as God sees them—precious and in need of a Savior? 

In this message, Stuart Briscoe teaches from Ephesians 2 and examines how the apostle Paul addresses issues that divide people. There's only one true way to overcoming what divides us, and if we embrace it, the effects can be revolutionary. 

Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-2:22

Paul was a prisoner of the Emperor Nero, but he said he was "a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of (the) Gentiles," because he had introduced them to God's eternal plan for the church. It was worth while as far as he was concerned.

Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-3:13

Having explained what God was doing in his life and wanted to do in the Ephesians lives, Paul turned to prayer. His concern was that they would discover and experience all that God had in mind for their spiritual growth and development. We need similar concerns today.

Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-3:21

Having outlined God's revelation concerning the church and after praying that the Ephesians would grasp its significance, Paul exhorted them to implement a lifestyle characterized by the unity to which they had been called. This is our calling, too!

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-4:16

God's people are called to live in a way that is worthy of their calling. Therefore, they must be sure of their calling and committed to behavior that is appropriate. Paul gets specific? The extent to which this is done determines the church's credibility or lack thereof.

Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-4:32

There is a direct connection between the things people believe and the way they behave. Patterns of behavior are now known as "lifestyles." Christians have very specific beliefs which have a direct bearing on their behavior. The result is a Christian lifestyle.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-5:21

Very often, you will find that when there are problems in marriages, people go for counsel, go to seminars, and read books to get practical advice on handling money, communicating better, dealing with sexual problems, improving their parenting… But rarely are they told that the fundamental problem is a spiritual one. For if you've got two people living in the fullness of the Spirit, submitted to the Lord, and submitting to each other, you'll have a fertile piece of property in which a flourishing marriage can be expected.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-5:33

A major part of life is spent in the family and at work. Relationships in these environments are critically important. Societal change has taken place since Ephesians was written but the spiritual principles for societal living outlined are still relevant.

Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-6:9

Christians who seek to live lives worthy of their high calling are aware that they are involved in a struggle. They need to be clear about the unique nature of the struggle and the way in which God plans for them to stand firm against the enemy and to win the victory.

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-6:24

Paul's instructions to the Ephesians "do not get drunk" and to "be filled with the Spirit" are not unrelated. Their juxtaposition is designed to explain the latter in the light of the former. This is important because there is no shortage of confusion on the subject.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:18

In the first century, many believers were slaves or slave owners. How they conducted themselves in these capacities was vitally important. Our situation is different, but our work habits and relationships are no less significant; half of our waking hours are spent there!

Scripture: Ephesians 6:5-6:9

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