In chapel Monday, we came to the final verses in the book of Ephesians, wrapping up our ID:in Christ series as Paul concludes his letter to the church in Ephesus. Often, we skip through these kinds of passages, but there is rich truth here if we stop to examine it.
First, we learn about a genuine friend, Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22), whom Paul calls a faithful servant. Are we intentionally looking for and becoming a selfless, faithful friend like this? Are we faithful in completing the small tasks so God will entrust us with larger ones?
Finally, Paul concludes the letter the way he began it, by sending grace and peace to the brothers and sisters whom he loved so much (Eph. 6:23-24). No two words sum up the book of Ephesians better than “grace” and “peace,” for it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we will ever experience true peace with God. Our response should be to love God with a love that is incorruptible.
As we concluded the ID: in Christ series, I challenged our students — and each of you as well — to remember that what describes us does not define us. Our identity lies only in the work of Jesus Christ. We are chosen, adopted, and redeemed. Never forget that you are loved by God for all eternity and that your identity is found in Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Last Friday in chapel we welcomed hundreds of guests for our final CU Friday of the academic year. As we near the conclusion of our ID: in Christ series, we came to Ephesians 6:10-20. While volumes have been written on this powerful passage, we only had time to skim the surface.
The Apostle Paul begins with the presupposition that there are evil, supernatural forces at work in the world. It was true in his day and is still true today, even though our society may not want to believe it. The devil — the prince of darkness, the father of lies — is actively roaming, seeking to destroy us. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. We battle against the evil around us and the sin nature within us.
But the good news is this: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in those who follow Him. In Christ, we are equipped to stand against evil. Part of being in genuine Christian community — whether at Cedarville University or your local church — means we lock arms together and do battle.
So, how do we live a victorious Christian life amid the evil around us? We:
- Stand against evil in Christ (10-14a)
- Put on the armor of God (14-17)
- Pray always in the Spirit (18-20)
Watch as we discover that, in Christ, we can live in victory.
Yesterday we returned to our ID: in Christ series in chapel, arriving at the last chapter in the book of Ephesians. Ephesians 6:1-9 continues the focus we started last week around relationships within households. Last week we explored the responsibilities for husbands and wives in a Christ-honoring relationship. Yesterday, we studied Paul’s instructions to parents and children and masters and slaves. In all of these relationships, God calls us to faithfully obey and exercise human authority in ways that glorify God.
- Children obey and honor your parents.
- Parents do not provoke but train your children.
- Slaves obey and respect their masters.
- Masters do not threaten and treat their slaves well.
Join the Cedarville University family for this week’s sermon, “ID: We are Submissive in Christ.”
Today we were honored to welcome more than 200 members of next year’s incoming freshman class and their families to chapel as part of their All-Access orientation visit.
We continued in our ID: in Christ series, coming to Ephesians 5:22-33 where we discover God’s perfect design for marriage. This is a difficult passage for some, and it’s no coincidence that it follows one about being filled with the Spirit. It is only through the Spirit that we can live out God’s plan for a Christian marriage. Ultimately, our earthly marriages should reflect the greatest love story ever written — the love that Jesus Christ has for His bride, the Church.
Join us as we explore how marriage represents the beautiful mystery of the Gospel.
This week on President’s Day, we had the privilege of welcoming more than 800 guests to CU Monday. At each visit event, our goal is to “lift the hood” for prospective students and their parents to be able to experience what Cedarville University is really like, including chapel.
So Monday, as is our pattern each week, we returned to our Identity: in Christ series and looked together at Ephesians 5:15-21. In this section, the Apostle Paul begins another transition. He has already informed us of our identity — who we are in Christ — and instructed us on the things we should do, which are the will of God for our lives.
Now, he warns us to look carefully at how we walk, or live, not as unwise but as wise. Paul encourages us to choose every day to walk in wisdom, filled with the spirit. We should daily walk in a way that shows that we are indeed “in Christ.”
Join us as we continue our walk through Ephesians.
It was great to be back in chapel today after being away on the Cedarville Friends for Life Cruise — even though it’s 60 degrees colder than what we experienced last week!
Today we came to Ephesians 5:3-14 in our ID: in Christ series. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be that light. That’s our identity in Christ.
And light cannot associate with darkness. We are called to shine our light into the darkness and then — through the power of the Holy Spirit — expose and drive out the darkness.
Join us as we continue our study in Ephesians and discover how as children of light, we are called to avoid, expose, and transform darkness into light.
It was a joy to have our Trustees with us in chapel today, as they were on campus for their annual midyear meeting. As we continued in our ID: In Christ series, we came to Ephesians 4:25–5:2, discovering practical application of what it means to live out our identity in Christ.
The Apostle Paul provides a list of things we should not do, and then some that we should do. As followers of Jesus Christ, our desire should be to live as imitators of God, motivated by our love for Christ.
Join us as examine what it looks like to be a mature follower of God.
It was great to return to Monday chapel after a bit of a break, continuing our ID: in Christ series in Ephesians. We discovered in Ephesians 4:17–24 that to realize our true identity in Christ, we first must change our thinking. Renewed thinking leads to renewed living.
What we genuinely believe about something affects our actions and how we live. If I believe a stove is hot, I will not touch it. If I believe I am a new creation because of Jesus Christ, I will strive to live a life that honors Him.
We must reject our old self, renew our minds daily, and then embrace our new self. Join us for “We Are New Creations in Christ” as we discover how to change our thinking to embrace fully our new identity in Christ.
As we continued in our ID: in Christ chapel series yesterday, we came to Ephesians 4. At this point in the book, the Apostle Paul transitions from the first part of the book, where he affirmed our identity in Christ, to practical application of how our identity should influence the way we live our lives.
For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, it is not an effort to check off boxes of do’s and don’ts; that is legalism. Rather, for those who are in Christ, it is a process of allowing the Holy Spirit to mature us into Christlikeness.
Join us as we walk through Ephesians 4:1-16 and discover what a spiritually mature life should look like for a follower of Jesus Christ.
Last Friday it was our privilege to welcome 500+ guests to chapel as part of our #CUFriday visit event. Together we continued our ID: In Christ series, studying Ephesians 3:14-21 — Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus. The apostle in these verses prayed for what he was most concerned about, and despite his own difficult circumstances, his prayer was not for his own well-being. Instead, in humility, Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would be strengthened through the Spirit so they might comprehend the love of Christ in order to live in the fullness of God. Those words are rich with power and meaning. Listen in as we examine Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers and for us as well.