In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
4-5 However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! 6 And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. 7 God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.
“God is rich in mercy.” “You are saved by God’s grace.” That was the beating heart of our faith, said the letter to the Ephesians. God saved us FROM a broken, self-seeking way of life. But that wasn’t the end of the story; it was just the beginning. What Jesus called “the kingdom of God” aims to restore not just individuals, but this whole broken world to God-given wholeness. God didn’t save any one person just to do something nice for that person. Ephesians said, “God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace.” If God’s saving grace hadn’t had that future focus, no one alive today would ever have heard of it! So that future focus clearly calls us to respond, not just by gratefully accepting salvation (which is the essential starting point, of course), but also by determining to play a role in showing future generations how good God is.
Lord Jesus, thank you for all that you have saved me from. Guide me day by day into a way of living that carries out the purposes you saved me for, now and in the future. Amen.
I’ve been thinking about generations a lot this week as I celebrated the birth of a new grandson. His first name is McHenry, which is my maiden name and a tribute to my father, his great-grandfather, and the generations of McHenrys who came before him. At the same time, his cousin, my other grandson, Bob (who is also named after his great-grandfather), started kindergarten this week. I want these two precious little boys, who are so loved by their family, to also know how much they are loved by God.
God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7
This passage in Ephesians reminds us of God’s mercy and saving grace. But our acceptance of that grace and even our gratitude is not enough. As a follower of Jesus, we are called to share it with future generations.
When I think about showing my grandsons “the greatness of God’s grace,” I look to the generations who shared it with me. I am very fortunate because my faith was passed on by my parents. But they didn’t do it through their words. They “showed it” by modeling for me and for many others (some related, some not) what it looks like to live your life as a follower of Jesus. I’ve started a list of the things they did that I want to make sure I do to share God’s amazing love with my grandsons. Perhaps this will give you some ideas on how you can share your faith with those you love.
LIVE FAITHFULLY – Attending worship each week, reading Scripture daily, praying before meals and at bedtime were all a regular part of my parents’ lives and were practices they demonstrated and nurtured in my siblings and me. Even today, when he is no longer physically able to worship in person, my father has perfect attendance through the televised worship, and he begins every day reading a Scripture and devotion.
GIVE GENEROUSLY – My parents didn’t talk about stewardship, they demonstrated it. I knew from an early age that when dad paid the bills (back when you wrote out your checks each month) the first check went to the church. But their generosity extended far beyond that. My parents came from humble means and were both teachers, yet they considered all they had to be a gift from God and gave generously to those in need, even if it required a personal sacrifice.
SERVE OTHERS – Just as they gave their financial resources generously, they also gave their time. We used to joke that my mother did not know how to say no to anyone. She felt called to be Jesus’ hands and feet in the world, and I have seen first-hand the lives that she impacted. She always found a way to be there for someone in need, regardless of how busy she was or how inconvenient it might be.
PRACTICE KINDNESS – For my parents, kindness was a verb. They took the command to love your neighbor seriously, and they had a lot of neighbors! They repeatedly demonstrated what it looked like to treat everyone with respect and kindness, even when someone was unkind to them. During my mother’s final days, she continued to find ways to bless others.
SPEAK LOVE – I know that I am loved by God because from the day I was born my parents told me that they loved me and that God loved me.
Now, to indulge a proud grandma…
Henry and Bob, Gaga and Papa love you, and so does God!
* Robert G. Bratcher and Eugene A. Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. New York: United Bible Societies, 1982, p. 46.
** Ortberg, John. Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus (p. 65). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.