Chapter One, Lesson Five
THANKFUL IN CHRIST Page
** As the church first began, how did the apostles feel about the importance
of prayer in their ministry?
They placed it at the top of their priority list, along with the ministry
of the Word of God!
cf. Acts 6:4
** Back in verse 15 of our text, Paul says that he has "heard of
the faith" which belonged to the Ephesians. Was this a saving faith?
Yes! In that they displayed both of the two main characteristics of
a Believer in the living out of that faith.
1. Their faith was in the Lord Jesus.
2. Their faith gave them a love for all the saints.
** Let's take these one at a time. How important is it that Paul, under
the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, uses the word Lord here?
It is crucial! kurios - Is used referring to Christ 747 times
in the New Testament, 92 times in the book of Acts alone! An individual
cannot merely receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, without understanding
that He is to be their Lord as well.
cf. Matthew 9:9, 19:27, Luke 9:57-62, Romans 10:9, 14:9
Acts 2:36, Philippians 2:11, Luke 6:46-49
Also - John 15:13 (Savior) and John 15:14 (Lord)!
So the Ephesians' faith was a genuine saving faith because of the Lordship
of Jesus Christ in their personal lives and ...
Their faith generated a true love for the Brethren!
** Is that really such an important issue?
Absolutely! cf. John 13:34-35
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