(W) H O L E : Union with Christ

I woke up at the moment when the miracle had come,
I get so many things I don’t deserve
—U2, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” Songs of Innocence

On a pause between the New & Old Testaments, this Sunday we will consider the simple yet profound truth of living in Union with Christ. The the Israel of old, we tend to neglect and forget the most basic things. Remembering these things promotes humility in self, openness with others, and dependence upon God. Too often we live with a hole in our hearts, where instead God intends for us to be WHOLE.

Union with Christ is all about finding our whole worth, acceptance, and joy in Jesus, the righteous one who gave His all on our behalf.

(W)HOLE

Message title: (W)HOLE: Union with Christ
A pause between the Old & New Testaments in the EPIC series (following the Hero of God’s Story)
Scriptures: Ephesians 2:1-10
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 9/14/14

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Scripture reading:

Ephesians 2:1-10

By Grace Through Faith

2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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