Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Ephesians Sermon Series
Filled with all the Fullness of God
John Stott makes a really good case that Paul’s passionate prayer is a staircase which he climbs higher and higher in his hope for his readers. His prayer staircase has four parts to it: strength, love, knowledge and fullness.
- In verse 16 we see the hope for strength.
- In verse 17 we see the hope for being rooted in love.
- In verse 18 we see the hope for knowledge of Christ’s love.
When we tap into the power of Christ within us, when we are rooted in love for God and others, when we know the depths of God’s love for us that is when we start to truly live life, the life God has for us.
Theme: When we truly surrender to God’s love is when we fully experience God and Life.
Questions: John Stott – A New Confidence
1. Read Ephesians 3:14-19. List all the requests in this prayer.
2. Again Paul begins the passage, “for this reason.” What was the reason for Paul’s prayer?
3. How is God characterized in verses 14 and 15?
4. We shall have power to comprehend these dimensions of Christ’s love, Paul adds, only with all the saints (v. 18). Why is this emphasized? (Is it possible to know Jesus apart from other Christians?)