Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: February 08, 2015
What comes to your mind when you hear the word scandalous? Something shocking or improper? Perhaps the latest celebrity gossip or political headline? What if I were to tell you that one of the most scandalous things ever is God's grace? Now that is downright scandalous just thinking that, right? Not at all! Join us February 1st - March 29th as we explore the scandalous nature of God's grace. Scandalous Grace: Ephesians Part I - February 1st - March 29th
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,