God's Eternal Purpose In The Church

Purpose Tommy Gore 11-27-2016

How important is power to our daily lives? Our first move is to use our muscles to get out of bed. But very quickly we depend on another kind of power. We depend on some form of power to turn on the lights, make the coffee, cook breakfast, provide a warm shower, move the car, power the computer, make the air temp comfortable. It is so routine that we hardly notice, but this power is woven into our lives. We could live without it, but why would we want to. Paul prays that the Ephesians will not struggle along in their spiritual lives trying to do it all on their own strength. He prays that they God will grant them the power to grasp the dimensions of the love of Christ. That power will equip us to do more than we can imagine as it works within us. I want the power that only Christ can give. Scripture Readings: Psalm 112:1-5, Ephesians 3:14-19; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 3:1-21

A Dwelling In Which God Lives

Dwelling Tommy Gore 11-20-2016

There is a series of books that have been published with historical photos of various points of interest around Nashville. One of these focuses on the building of the Parthenon replica in 1895 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Originally built of wood, brick, and plaster, it was never intended to be a permanent building. But it was so popular as an attraction, in 1920 the feature was rebuilt with concrete. The Parthenon was suggested because of Nashville’s nickname as the “Athens of the South.” Colleges had been built there by the Baptists, Methodists, Nazarenes, and Churches of Christ. In addition schools such as Fisk, TSU, Peabody, and Vanderbilt would enhance the educational tradition. The first Parthenon in Athens came to be associated with the wisdom of the Greeks, but first it was a pagan temple. When Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, there were many magnificent temples around the Mediterranean World that supported the pagan world view. But Paul wanted these Christians (and us) to know that the true God wants a very different kind of temple—a temple built in the hearts of his people. Scripture Readings: Psalm 111:2-4; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 2:19-22

Saved By God's Grace

SavedByGrace Tommy Gore 11-13-2016

It’s amazing how many Cubs fans there are this year! The Cubs have always been a sentimental favorite for a lot of people around the country in a “loveable loser” kind of way. The occasional glimmers of hope would always be overcome by the gloom of fresh losses. But this year the team was actually one of the best in baseball. And this time the results on the field matched the potential in the clubhouse. And a country-wide collection of Cub fans got to celebrate as if they had hit the winning home run. Paul reminds us that Christians get to participate in the victory of Christ. “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms.” Because of what Christ did for us, we are already there. (We can throw it away, but who would want to do that?) A faithful life will bring us into the presence of God alongside our Savior. Christ has won the victory with his sacrifice at the cross, but we get to participate in the celebration. Scripture Readings: Psalm 107:1-3; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 2:1-10

A Prayer for God's People

PrayerForGodsPeople Tommy Gore 11-06-2016

Craig Morgan found a great song to release recently that can serve as a kind of prayer for a well-lived life:

I wanna find what others rarely find
A conscience clean and peace of mind
Life like a book I’m proud to sign
Written on the hearts I leave behind

I wanna roll on a road of my own design
Where fear and faith are intertwined
Hoping there’s a finish line
In the hearts I leave behind.

I wanna make a mark, the permanent kind
That I was here that don’t fade with time
A sacred place that’s only mine
In the hearts I leave behind.
(Hearts I Leave Behind, Nick Sturns & Travis Meadows)

The Apostle Paul prays that his Christian friends in Ephesus live a life that allows them to know God better. What a great goal to build our life around! Scripture Readings: Psalm 106:1-3; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 1:15-23

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