There is a key phrase in this morning’s lesson from the Book of Acts I want to call to your attention. It is “by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge.” Peter’s sermon on the first Pentecost makes it plain that everything that Jesus had done, up to and including the events his hearers were seeing and hearing, were the result of God working to fulfill his plan and purpose for the salvation of mankind.
Although it has many branches and twigs, there is only one Church. In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul reminds his readers where that unity comes from, what gifts Christ has given them, and how those gifts are intended to help them grow together into Christian maturity,
Pastor Hinkle begins a new series of sermons drawn from the book of Ephesians. In this sermon on Ephesians 1, he talks about why the letter, which was written while Paul was in prison, overflows with praise to God.