StoneBridge Community Church
More Than All We Ask or Imagine (Ephesians 3.30-21)
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    субота 5:30 вечора, неділя 9:00 ранку, неділя 10:30 ранку
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    неділя 12:00 дня

Online "Connection Card"

Thanks for joining us today! Follow this link to our online "Connection Card" where you can let us know you were here and share any prayer concerns.

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The Text in Context

Bob Deffinbaugh, "Paul's Imprisonment, His Prayers, and His Praise (Ephesians 3)" from the series Ephesians: The Glory of God in the Church.

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

"Of the original Seven Wonders, only one— the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the ancient wonders— remains relatively intact. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Statue of Zeus were all destroyed. The location and ultimate fate of the Hanging Gardens are unknown, and there is speculation that they may not have existed at all." Wikipedia article. Read more…

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A copy of Statue of Artemis in Ephesus (detail)

1. God can…
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1. God can do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine.

Paul's Doxology

While the language and style may be dated, Charles Spurgeon offers a masterful exposition of today's text pouring every word and phrase in a sermon delivered November 1, 1875 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Charles H. Spurgeon, "Paul's Doxology" Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

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For Reflection/Discussion: Ephesus was known throughout the ancient world for its Temple devoted to Artemis. How did Paul's proclamation of the gospel of Jesus threaten the status quo in Ephesus? How might the proclamation of the gospel threaten the status quo today? Why is it significant that we worship a God who acts in human history? How does believing that God is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" have an impact on our prayer life? How would you characterize your prayer life? Are your prayers cautious? Why is it important to pray great prayers and to pray them expectantly?
2. God's power is…
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2. God's power is at work within us.
God uses the person who truly trusts Him.
God uses the church that truly trust Him.
For Reflection/Discussion: In what ways is God's power at work within us as individual Christ-followers and as a church? What role does trusting the promises of God play in how God works in our lives? Is it possible to believe in God without trusting God and the promises of God? What was your initial response to hearing about Pastor Jeff's retirement at the end of the year? How can today's text help us negotiate the coming months as we transition from a relationship with our long-tenured pastor to an interim pastor and, ultimately, to a new senior pastor?
3. God deserves…
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3. God deserves all the glory, honor, and praise.
For Reflection/Discussion: How has God been at work in your life up to now? What has God accomplished in and through Simi Prez/ StoneBridge over the years? Why does God deserve all the glory, honor, and praise? In what ways is the church essential to the plan of God? Why is our individual ongoing participation in worship, fellowship, service, and giving vitally important to our church family both now and after our pastor retires? Why is it important to remember that Jesus isn't retiring?

When a Pastor Leaves

"How Can a Church Survive/ Recover When a Pastor Leaves?" GotQuestions website.

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