BLESSED To Be A Saint! 1/1/2017

Ephesians 1:1-3 "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints (God's holy people) in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ."

  1. Every believer in Christ is incredibly BLESSED
    • Eph. 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ"
    • Psalm 65:11 "You crown the year with your goodness (bounty, blessings)"
  2. Every believer in Christ has a purpose by God's WILL
    • Eph. 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God"
    • Lk. 6:13 "He called his disciples (ones who learn) to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles (ones who are sent)"
    • Mk. 3:14-15 "He appointed twelve that they night be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons"
    • Jn. 20:21-22 "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you...Receive the Holy Spirit"
  3. Every believer in Christ is called a SAINT
    • Eph. 1:1 To the saints (God's holy people) in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus"
    • 1 Cor. 1:2 "Those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be (saints) his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours"
  4. Every believer i Christ has received GRACE
    • Eph. 1:2 "Grace...to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"
    • Eph. 2:8 "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith"
    • Jms. 4:6 "He gives us more grace (shows favor) to the humble"
    • Ro. 5:1-2 "Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand"
  5. Every believer in Christ has received PEACE
    • Eph. 1:2 "Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"
    • Lk. 2:14 "Glory to God...and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests"

Dig Deeper:  Read Ephesians 1:1-3
(1) What are some of the blessings you have received this past year?
(2) What purposes for your life has God shown you?
(3) What does it mean to be a saint?

(4-5) How have you received grace and peace from the Lord?