Paul’s letter to the Ephesians highlights the power of God at work in us, to the glory of God in the church and in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We spent six months exploring the riches of this book in sermons, small group discussions, and Bible studies. We expanded our view of God’s eternal plans and divine power, we worked toward a truer understanding of our identity and purpose in Christ, and we gained practical insight into what it means to be the people of God who “walk in a manner worthy of our calling” (4:1).
This letter uniquely emphasizes the glory of God in the church. We are the body of Christ, “the fullness of him who fills all in all” (1:23), and “through the church the manifold wisdom of God is now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (3:10).
Remarkably, the church grows as each member of the body does its part, speaking truth in love so that the body builds itself up in love (4:15-16).
Nothing could be more fitting for this work that you are now reading—a collection of devotionals in Ephesians written by members of our body.
These devotionals were written in real time, two a week, as we made our way through the sermon series. They offer unique insight into the text itself, and provide such a rich variety of personal experience and wisdom. When we reached the end of our series, we were so impressed by the quality of these reflections that we wanted to compile them into a complete work.
This collection represents the diversity, creativity, and beauty of our body. It is an evidence of God’s grace among us. So, “to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (3:20-21).