This week we come to the last chapter of Ephesians. In the first half of the book, we talked a lot about our identity in Christ. In the last half of the book, we've talked a lot about living out our identity in Christ. Now that we belong to Christ, our lives look different. Paul spends the time to tell us what the worthy walk looks like. It is based upon the kind of love that God gave us--an Agape kind of love or an unconditional love. Paul has called us to unity. The language Paul uses is clear.
But this week Paul suggests that to walk this worthy walk might just be more difficult than believers might realize. To advance God's kingdom might just be wrought with struggle and battle. In Ephesians 6:10, we come to the fight we are called to fight. We fight with weapons of Heaven, not the weapons of our enemy who seeks to kill and steal and destroy. Paul encourages us to stand! Paul encourages us to take up the armor of God. Paul calls us to prayer.
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as we explore the images of spiritual battle that followers of Jesus encounter. The worship team from El Buen Pastor, will lead us in music. Join us in person as we gather together to worship God passionately, grow to love him deeply and connect with one another authentically, in order to go, show and tell the gospel boldly!
Adult Discipleship Class Study: Stick around after our service as we continue our study through Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a heartfelt prayer from the Psalmist, that can be used as a tool to transform your affection to love God's Word more.
James Everett (candidate for Associate Pastor): Last Sunday I shared that James and his family, after spending time in prayer and meeting with trusted friends and family, believe that God is leading them to join us here at Calvary Parkside! This Sunday, we will vote to call James as our Associate Pastor. Please pray for God's wisdom and guidance in this decision.
Trunk o' Treat: Mark your calendars for our annual Trunk O' Treat neighborhood outreach event, which will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and will include food, candy, carnival games, a bounce house, hay ride, pumpkins and more. Volunteer sign-ups and candy donations will begin this Sunday. Please spread the word to your neighbors, friends and relatives.
Dusty's Heart Apartment Ministry (Kelly Nelson): Calvary Parkside is excited to be a part of their pantry and bottle drive. This Sunday, we will continue collecting toilet paper, paper towels and/or laundry soap for the pantry. There will also be a van in the parking lot, (labeled Dusty's Heart) where you can drop of your cans and bottles. Thank you for partnering with us as we focus on meeting needs, building relationships with our neighbors, and presenting them with the Gospel.
Thank you for being a church that values prayer.
See you Sunday!