But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
More authors in the Bible write about the church at Ephesus than any other church. Luke spoke about its foundation in Acts. Paul wrote to the congregation. Timothy was its early pastor, and the Apostle John wrote about it in Revelation.
It’s remarkable to reflect on how much the world then is like the world of today. Ephesians experienced racism and prejudice, as well as political intrigue and divisions between the rich and the poor. So, it’s not surprising that early Christians were confused about their true identity once they embraced Christ as their personal Savior.
What did it mean to be Christian?
In order to guide them, Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians explained how to live in difficult times, while being consistent in faith. And, as a result of staying loyal to their faith, the congregation in Ephesus experienced great growth and respect from those in their surrounding communities and societies.
Paul’s advice is as true today as it was in the first century.
Please join us this Sunday at 11 am in the BCBC Worship Center. Over the next few week we will journey through the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians. It’s a journey that will help you better understand and claim your identity as a Christian.