Ephesians 2:11ff: Brought near to God & Others
I) Destroying unnecessary dividing walls (Eph. 2:11-15)
A) The Jew vs Gentile ________________.
1) Circumcision: ________________ Covenant
2) Temple Wall: ________________ Laws
B) Christ ___________________ the dividing walls on the cross.
1) Christ tore down the wall of separation between God and man because of their sin so believers can have _________ with God.
Peace (Shalom) is more than a lack of conflict. It is a restored relationship with God.
2) He destroyed the dividing wall between the Jews and ___________.
C) The gospel _________ us and destroy all divisions and pecking orders.
What walls do you use to divide people or make you feel better about yourself?
II) Christ reconciled believers into the family of God (fellow citizens). (Eph. 2:15-19)
A) Christ removed the divisions so Jews and Gentiles believers are now one humanity. This is now their _____________ identity.
B) Being part of Christ’s family is a believer’s _____________ identity.
III) The Spirit is building Christ's church. (Eph. 2:19-21)
A) Christ is the _________________ that everything is built off of.
B) The Prophets and Apostles part of the __________ foundation.
C) God’s Spirit is _______________ believers into his church.