May 8, 2016

Life in Community, Part 2

Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Faithful to the Core Topic: Topical Passage: Ephesians 2:11–22



     Faithful to the Core


     Living the Gospel Story




          Sin Separates, God Pursues (Genesis 11 & 12)


          Jesus Gathers, the Church Unites (John 4, Acts 2, 10 & 11)


          A Foretaste of Heaven (Revelation 7:9-10)


          Implications of the Gospel Story (Ephesians 2:11-22)


     Our Response


          First in, then Out


          Priority of Relationships


          Call to Intentionality


          Grace Upon Grace




  • Read Ephesians 2:11-22. How does vertical reconciliation with God facilitate or empower horizontal reconciliation between people?
  • Read Revelation 7:9-10 and 1 Peter 2:9. One of the theological implications of these texts mentioned in the sermon was that in Christ our cultural and ethnic identities are dignified and yet become secondary. What does that mean? Give some practical implications of that reality.


  • What do you personally find most challenging about having conversations around race and ethnicity (especially within Christian community)? Consider sharing your own story with friends or within your MC as a means of confronting those difficulties.


  • What practical steps could you take this week to more intentially move toward the vision of Revelation 7:9-10? Who could you pursue in genuine relationship around this call and to whom may you need to extend grace upon grace?

other sermons in this series

Jun 11


Faithful to The Core - Joy and Generosity

Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6–15, Ephesians 2:14–16 Series: Faithful to the Core

Jan 15


Pursuing Life in Multi-Ethnic Community

Speaker: Scott C. Jones Passage: Philippians 2:1–11, Revelation 7:9–11 Series: Faithful to the Core

Jan 8


Life in Multi-Ethnic Gospel Community

Speaker: James Fields Passage: Ephesians 2:11–22 Series: Faithful to the Core