Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Ephesians Sermon Series
The Tangible Kingdom
Paul in Chapter 3 continues to unveil the beautiful mystery that Christ came not just for the Jew or even just the Gentile but Christ came for all. The Kingdom of God is for everyone who is willing to follow Christ.
Theme: We are called to be the Tangible Kingdom
The Gentile churches, even though they were at first viewed suspiciously by the Jerusalem church, took up a financial collection for the poor and needy in Jerusalem. I want to wrestle with this context of the Gentile Collection to reflect on the power of Stewardship for the Kingdom of God.
I believe there is a similar dynamic happening in the greater church today like the great Jewish and Gentile division. The world is looking at the church with skepticism and suspicion. There are barriers. However, those barriers are starting to be broken as the church community starts to penetrate the greater community with resources. Some authors call it the Tangible Kingdom when the church allows its resources to be a tangible expression of the Kingdom of God.
The definition of Stewardship is the Scriptural practice of the beautiful tapestry of God’s people in Christ sharing talents, time and financial resources for the sake of the Kingdom.
Questions: N.T. Wright – Life After Death
1. What is one dream you’ve had that came to fruition?
2. What three great privileges did the Gentiles attain (together with the Jews) in this plan (v.6)?
3. How can your Christian fellowship explore the riches of Christ described by Paul?