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Preaching Series on Ephesians
Ephesians 1:1-14; 2:11-22; 4:1-16; 6:10-20 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
The narrative lectionary sermon series on Ephesians does not actually include what are probably the letter’s best-known verses, though one imagines it might not be difficult to find at least one occasion during a month of sermons to cite them!
They offer the content of the letter in miniature:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God -- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Eph. 2:8-10).
Notice the emphasis on grace, on creation and redemption as of a single piece, on good works as a way of life, and on God’s planning of all these things before any of the recipients of grace came on the scene. These themes surface again and again in the letter. The four readings for the month tell this story:
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Narrative Lectionary 088: Preaching Series on Ephesians
August 11, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers a four-week preaching series on Ephesians.