Category: Ephesians (page 1 of 2)

ID: We Are the Mysterious Bride 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.

We Are Wise in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

We Are Children of Light in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

We Are Imitators of God in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

 

We Are New Creations in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

 

We Are Maturing in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

We Are Strong in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

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.

We Are the Mystery Revealed in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

Continuing in our ID: Identity in Christ series, Monday we looked at Ephesians 3:1-13. In this passage, the Apostle Paul shares with his readers a mystery that was divinely revealed to him. What is this mystery? That it is God’s plan to reconcile Jews and Gentiles in the Church through Christ Jesus.

We are all heirs together in one body, and that body is the Church. We were designed for community with one another, united in purpose, to love and serve together.

Join us as we continue our walk through Ephesians.

ID: We Are United in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina. Not everything that happened in my small town was good. I grew up seeing racism firsthand, even in the church where my father pastored. I believe that racism is Satan’s attempt to build up walls that Christ’s blood has broken down. There is no place for it in the body of Christ — or at Cedarville University.

As we continued our walk through Ephesians on Monday in chapel, we studied the unity that comes through our identity in Jesus Christ. In Christ there is no black or white, no Jew or Gentile. The Gospel brings unity, peace, and community to those who walk in it.

Join us in Ephesians 2:11-22 and discover the power of the Gospel to unite us in Christ.

ID: We Are Made Alive in Christ

ID: In Christ Chapel Theme

In chapel today, we looked at Ephesians 2:1-10, one of the greatest passages in all of the Bible. As we studied together, we felt the weight of the first half of the passage – we were once dead in our trespasses and sins – and the joy of the second half – as followers of Jesus Christ, we have been made alive in Him.

Apart from Christ we were doomed, rebels against the Creator of the universe, but God in His mercy has made us alive, raised us up, and seated us with Him in Jesus Christ so that we may walk in the good works that He has already prepared for us. The spiritually dead are made alive in Christ to do good work for His glory!

Join us as we look at this amazing passage to discover the hope we have in Christ.

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