Summer road trips are the best. Whether you are traveling for a few days or a few weeks, summer is a great time to stretch those legs and go see the world. Summer road trips often have fun moments and crazy moments. They always provide great moments for noteworthy pictures and noteworthy stories. No summer road trip ever ends without some opportunities for personal growth as well as personal reflection.
This summer, we at Church of the Holy Spirit will be traveling on a summer road trip of our own through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This letter has six chapters and is chock full of life-changing truths, challenges, and eye opening statements about who God is in Christ, who we are as humans, and who we are by grace through faith. Paul wrote this letter while in prison approximately 30 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus; yet, this letter that is almost 2000 years old is just as relevant as it was the day it was written.
When you are on a summer road trip, it helps to have some markers along the way. You have to know where to get gas or where to stop and sightsee a local attraction. For us, we will travel six weeks in Ephesians, stopping along each chapter on a Sunday morning. Starting this Sunday June 7th and going through Sunday July 12th, we will be stopping off at various topics, biblical themes and Gospel-centered sights.
But, just like any summer road trip, you can’t stay in the car and just watch with your eyes. You need to get out of the car and explore. It is one thing to go to the beach and look at the waves; it is quite another to get out and get your feet wet.
We are inviting you to join us on this summer road trip through Ephesians. We are inviting you to get out of the car and explore the sights. We are inviting you to read along, study along, pray along each week in Paul’s letter. Listed below you will see the dates that each chapter of Ephesians will be taught and preached upon. For your part – read ahead. The week leading up to the Sunday sermon, read that whole chapter over and over all week long. Or perhaps, read it very slowly and pray through each sentence word by word. That way, when Sunday comes along, you will have dug deep into Paul’s thoughts, prayers, corrections, theology and encouragement.
Your part in this road trip is that easy. Read, pray, enjoy the view, chew on who God is in Ephesians. Take Paul’s challenges to heart. Open your eyes to all the grandeur of who Jesus is as Paul describes Him.
Here is our summer road trip timeline. See you out there on the highways and byways of Paul’s great letter to the Ephesians.
- Week # 1: June 7 > Ephesians 1
- Week # 2: June 14 > Ephesians 2
- Week # 3: June 21 > Ephesians 3
- Week # 4: June 28 > Ephesians 4
- Week # 5: July 7 > Ephesians 5
- Week # 6: July 12 > Ephesians 6