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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him (Eph. 1:3-4).” Join us as we look intently into one of Paul’s most robust and all-encompassing letters and learn more fully what it means to “be the church.”

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Sermons

  • Why Does the Church Make People Angry?

    Acts 19:8-10, 18-20
    West County -  February 9, 2014
    West County Lead Pastor Scott Hickox preaches from the book of Acts.
    February 9, 2014

  • Why Does the Church Make People Angry?

    Acts 19
    Hanley Road -  February 9, 2014
    Hanley Road Lead Pastor Jeremy Irwin preaches from Acts 19.
    February 9, 2014

  • Why Does the Church Make People Angry?

    Acts 19:8-10, 18-20
    February 9, 2014
    "The church is a mess because the church is full of people." Darrin Patrick begins our study of Ephesians, detailing our calling as the Church and the idolatries that often prevent us from living it out.
    February 9, 2014

  • Why Does the Church Make People Angry?

    Acts 19:8-10, 18-20
    Metro East -  February 9, 2014
    "The Church is Us + Me." Metro East Lead Pastor Curtis Gilbert intros our study of Ephesians.
    February 9, 2014

  • How Does God Work in Our Lives?

    Ephesians 1:1-14
    February 16, 2014
    Darrin Patrick helps clarify the complex, and often misunderstood, theology found in Ephesians 1—explaining what the text says about who God is, how he works, and how he intersects with our lives.
    February 16, 2014

  • Does it Matter if I Pray?

    Ephesians 1:15-23
    February 23, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh takes an in-depth look at Paul's prayer in Ephesians 5:13-23, clarifying who Paul is praying for, what he's praying for, and the great hope that it gives us.
    February 23, 2014

  • Does it Matter if I Pray?

    Ephesians 1:15-23
    West County -  February 23, 2014
    Pastor Scott Hickox continues our study of Ephesians.
    February 23, 2014

  • Does it Matter if I Pray?

    Ephesians 1:15-23
    Hanley Road -  February 23, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues the Ephesians series.
    February 23, 2014

  • Does it Matter if I Pray?

    Ephesians 1:15-23
    Metro East -  February 23, 2014
    Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues our study of Ephesians.
    February 23, 2014

  • Race and the Church

    Ephesians 2:11-22
    March 9, 2014
    Shane Fast continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    March 9, 2014

  • How Do We Know God?

    Ephesians 2:1-10
    March 9, 2014
    Pastor Darrin Patrick explains how we can know God, which starts with recognizing how utterly dead we are in our sin.
    March 9, 2014

  • How Does God Treat His Enemies?

    Ephesians 2:11-22
    West County -  March 16, 2014
    Pastor Scott Hickox continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    March 16, 2014

  • How Does God Treat His Enemies?

    Ephesians 2:11-22
    March 16, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh explains how Jesus' work on the cross destroys division and enables the Church to be a unified, diverse, and genuine community of people.
    March 16, 2014

  • How Does God Treat His Enemies?

    Ephesians 2:11-22
    Hanley Road -  March 16, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    March 16, 2014

  • How Can Prayer Change Me?

    Ephesians 3:1-21
    March 23, 2014
    Pastor Darrin teaches on why we should pray, how we should pray, and the power prayer has to connect us with God.
    March 23, 2014

  • How Can I Help the Church?

    Ephesians 4:1-16
    March 30, 2014
    Pastor Darrin Patrick discusses the value of pursuing our spiritual gifts for the building up of the church and the world.
    March 30, 2014

  • Can I Hold a Grudge?

    Ephesians 4:17-32
    April 6, 2014
    "Forgiving starts by recognizing our own sin." Pastor Darrin looks at the roots of bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness, explaining how God not only calls us, but empowers us, to forgive.
    April 6, 2014

  • How Can I Be Free?

    Ephesians 5:1-21
    Metro East -  April 13, 2014
    Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    April 13, 2014

  • How Can I Be Free?

    Ephesians 5:1-21
    April 13, 2014
    "Freedom is the ability to know and the power to follow God's will." Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh defines real freedom, explaining what the gospel frees us from and how it empowers us to live.
    April 13, 2014

  • How Can I Be Free?

    Ephesians 5:1-21
    West County -  April 13, 2014
    Pastor Scott Hickox continues to the Ephesians sermon series.
    April 13, 2014

  • How Can I Be Free?

    Ephesians 5:1-21
    Hanley Road -  April 13, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    April 13, 2014

  • What Makes for a Good Marriage?

    Ephesians 5:22-33
    April 27, 2014
    Despite what our culture suggests, God wants our marriages to be full of passion and commitment. In this sermon, Pastor Darrin shows us that though marriage is inarguably hard, it's far from hopeless.
    April 27, 2014

  • How Do We Parent Our Children?

    Ephesians 6:1-4
    West County -  May 4, 2014
    Pastor Scott Hickox continues the Ephesians series.
    May 4, 2014

  • How Do We Parent Our Children?

    Ephesians 6:1-4
    Metro East -  May 4, 2014
    Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues the Ephesians series.
    May 4, 2014

  • How Do We Parent Our Children?

    Ephesians 6:1-4
    May 4, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh explains how Christianity challenges our cultural views about parenting while giving practical insights on how we can raise our kids well.
    May 4, 2014

  • How Can We Enjoy Our Jobs?

    Ephesians 6:5-9
    May 11, 2014
    Out temptation with work is often to either demonize it or idolize it, but what if there was another way?
    May 11, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-23
    May 18, 2014
    While it's easy to chalk the spiritual realm up to myth and superstition, the Bible is clear about who and what our battle is against. In this sermon, Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh helps us understand some of the schemes the devil uses against us and how we can put on the spiritual armor of God in defense.
    May 18, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-24
    West County -  May 18, 2014
    May 18, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-24
    Metro East -  May 18, 2014
    Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    May 18, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-24
    Hanley Road -  May 18, 2014
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    May 18, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-24
    South County -  May 18, 2014
    Pastor Tim Ezell continues the Ephesians series.
    May 18, 2014

  • How Can I Overcome Evil?

    Ephesians 6:10-24
    Southern Illinois -  May 25, 2014
    Pastor Chris Swan continues the Ephesians sermon series.
    May 25, 2014

More About this Series

Historicity

In general, the Ephesian people seemed to be fascinated with magic and the occult (Acts 19.19ff), which is why Paul emphasizes Christ’s power, authority, and triumph throughout Ephesians. In addition, this is probably a letter that was more circular, intended for many churches in the region. There are not many personal references and Paul gives lots of doctrine and application that applies across the board, likely making this his most universal letter.

The city of Ephesus was a highly cultural city, situated on the Sea and containing great wealth and many amenities. Ephesus was home to large commercial enterprises, civic structures, and the great Temple of Artemis — one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. Thus, it was a very cosmopolitan city, harboring people from many walks of life and belief. The Temple of Artemis was tied into cult prostitution as well as status and commerce, making the idolatries of their city — comfort, sex, money, and status — greatly mirror those of our own. In the midst of their great idolatry, Paul’s first instinct is not new and better behavior but a new and better God. He points to a Jesus more majestic and beautiful than their idolatries, The One who has power, authority, and love beyond anything they had known.

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