Red Carpet Christianity: A Summary and Conclusion to the Book of Ephesians

more-than-we-can-imagine_Red Carpet Christianity (Ephesians 6:21–24)

Since September our church has studied the book of Ephesians. This week, we finished the sermon series with a summary and reflection on Paul’s letter. In particular, I argued that the gospel creates communities of faith that learn how to walk together in love. It’s this love that displays the wisdom of God to the world and that builds up the individual Christian.

To turn it the other way, Ephesians teaches us that individuals need gospel communities (i.e., local churches) to grow in grace and truth. We need one another to grow up in Christ and we need others who model for us what it means to walk in wisdom. This is what we find in Ephesians 5–6, models of godliness in various situations in life.

Still, because the ideals of Ephesians 5–6 are not always found in our homes and workplaces, we also need Christians who have faithfully applied the lines of Scripture to difficult situations. Hence, Christians are built up when they consider the lives of other saints and seek to imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7). This is a main point in this sermon and one that unites all that we have seen in Paul’s glorious letter to the Ephesians.

You can listen to the sermon online. Information about the individuals mentioned in the sermon can be found below, as well as links to all the previous sermons in this series.

Ephesians 6:21–24

So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

Discussion Questions

  1. Over the course of studying Ephesians, what did you learn? What 1 or 2 things stood out? What would you like to study more in depth?
  2. What difference does it make to read Ephesians as a letter to the church and not a letter to individuals? How does this letter work to build local churches?
  3. How did the first half of the letter lead into the second half? Or to get at the question another way: What is the relationship between the gospel (ch. 1–2), the church (ch. 3–4), and the Christian life (ch. 5–6)?
  4. Why does the formation of a loving church matter so much? For the gospel? For the Christians in the church? For the evangelism of the lost?
  5. Read Acts 20:4; Colossians 4:7; Titus 3:12; 2 Timothy 4:12. Who is Tychicus? Why does Paul send him to local churches?
  6. Ephesians 4:1–16 talks about the importance of gifted saints building up the church. How does the sending of Tychicus to Ephesus do this? Why does Tychicus’s faithfulness matter to Paul and the Ephesians? What might churches learn from Paul’s sending of Tychicus? (Hint: It relates to missions).
  7. How does learning church history, specifically biographies help us obey and apply God’s Word? Are there any biographies that have been most helpful to you?
  8. Why are personal relationships in the local church so important for the Christian life? What’s one step you can take towards the local church and building relationships therein?

Additional Resource

On Christian Biographies

Red Carpet Christians

Here are a list of stories of men and women I mentioned in this sermon. These Red Carpet Christians demonstrate genuine faith, hope, and love in some very difficult situations.

Ephesians Series

Soli Deo Gloria, ds