Live It! a Letter to a Missional Movement

Teaching Series: May - July 2012

Paul was an amazing Christian leader, church planter and discipler. The second half of The Book of Acts tells his story and several of the books in the New Testament were written by him. In his early years he travelled extensively planting churches in new places where the gospel had not been preached. Staying for just a short time he would quickly move on. These churches though never really became self-sustaining or reproducing and remained very dependent upon him. In response we see Paul changing his strategy. In fact he adopts a strategy closer to Jesus’s own. Instead of rushing around planting new churches, when Paul got to Ephesus he stayed there for two years (that’s a long time for a man who travelled 1500 miles in his first trip!). While he was there he focused on discipling a relatively small group of disciples (Acts 19:10). Something extraordinary happened. As Paul poured his life into them, these disciples became disciple makers themselves. That’s what a disciple does. The result? The gospel spread quicker and faster than ever before. In fact, it went viral and the whole region heard the message (Acts 19:10) and new communities of faith started. The church in Ephesus had become a catalyst for a missional movement.

Some years later Paul writes a letter to this missional movement celebrating what it means to Live it!, that is to live the life that’s in Christ. It’s a letter of encouragement to ordinary Christians about the extraordinary impact their lives can have as they simply Live it! out where they are, in the communities that they are in. As they do, Jesus will be made known and God will do more than they can imagine.

That letter is now the book we call Ephesians, placed in the heart of the New Testament for us as a call to Live it! in our day and where we are. It’s our invitation to become part of a missional movement of our own.

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Live it and take your stand To live the Jesus life is to take a stand against the evil one
(Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20)
Simon Harris 15 Jul 2012
Live it where you are Mission is not somewhere you go, but the way you do things where you are
(Reading: Ephesians 5:21 - 6:9)
Simon Harris 08 Jul 2012
Living in the light Paul presents Christ's teaching on how to live your life to the churches in the province of Asia Minor
(Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32)
Simon Harris 01 Jul 2012
Living in your gifts We may all have a different mix of gifts, but we all have gifts and should recognize and use them
(Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16)
Simon Harris 24 Jun 2012
Live in your calling Jesus asked us to do what he did, Paul asked us to do it where we are
(Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21)
Simon Harris 10 Jun 2012
Following Paul's example In Ephesians 3 Paul gives us examples to follow
(Reading: Ephesians 3:1-13)
Jon Stannard 03 Jun 2012
Living in community Sharing your life with a family group is a vital part of Living It!
(Reading: Ephesians 2)
Claire Earl 27 May 2012
Alive in Christ Some early verses in Ephesians help to remind us that we are blessed,chosen and loved, with a destiny chosen by God
(Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14)
Simon Harris 20 May 2012
A Missional Movement About the author and recipients of "Ephesians", and what the book means to us
(Reading: Acts 20:1-20)
Simon Harris 13 May 2012

Sunday 13th May
A missional movement (Ephesians 1:1-2) 

Sunday 20th May
Alive in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-23) 

Sunday 27th May
Live in community (Ephesians 2) 

Sunday 3rd June
Paul’s example (Ephesians 3:1-13) 

Sunday 10th June
Live in your calling (Ephesians 3:14-21) 

Sunday 24th June
Live in your gifts (Ephesians 4:1-16) 

Sunday 1st July
Live in the light (Ephesians 4:17-5:14) 

Sunday 8th July
Live it where you are (Ephesians 5:15-6:9)

Sunday 15th July
Take your stand (Ephesians 6:10-24)