“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 1:1–2

“Alright Church!  Grab your Bibles, and open it up to the book of Ephesians.”

It never grows old. This week, we will do it again. As we’ve done so many times before, we will open God’s Word and begin the study of another book of the Bible. Why do we get so excited for sentences like the one above?Because the God who “calls” us to salvation also “calls” us to study His Word so we can live the life and fulfill the mission He’s “called” us to. As is hopefully clear by now, the theme of our series is “Called.”  

The word “called” is used in a variety of contexts but, for our purposes, as modeled in the opening sentence, it’s best to think of it in regards to being pronounced, invited, and/or authoritatively summoned. Through the study of Ephesians, the apostle Paul is going to “call” us, the Church, to realize the fullness of our calling in Christ. Together, we’ll be reminded of our call to salvation, call to service, call to sanctification, call to spiritual battle, and ultimately our call to victory in Christ.

Church, if you’re anything like me, you could use some good news. Frankly, one reason I’m excited for this study is that Ephesians is one of the most positive and encouraging books in the Bible. Of course it is, right?! How could a book about God’s purpose and call on our lives not be packed full of good news? So let’s end with the “call” we started with.  “Alright, Church! Grab your Bibles and open it up to the book of Ephesians and give it a read.” If you sat down and read it straight through, it probably wouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes; and I can assure you, you’ll be as fired up for Sunday as I am.

Here is the worship set to help you prepare your heart.

Love you, Church.

Jerry Lingenfelter

Senior Pastor

9:00 AM  – Worship Service On Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)
9:15 AM  – Worship Service On Campus & Online (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service on Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)


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