Bind Us Together – A New View For You

May 3, 2015, Author: John Maples

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INTRODUCTION
1. Our struggle is against the devil!
2. Our struggle is not against ourselves!
3. What then about our differences?

GOD’S STORY
1. WE Jews and older Christians – FIRST (Eph 1:7-12)
2. YOU Gentiles and younger Christians – SECOND (Eph 1:13; 2:11-12)
3. To prove that even Jews needed to be saved!

MAN’S STORY
1. Jews misunderstood!
2. WE and not you!
3. OUR way not your way!
4. Or the highway!

TWO STORIES
1. Absolutes – WE older Christians
2. Relatives – WE younger Christians

OUR STORY – (Eph 2:4-10)
1. God loves US!
2. God enlivens US!
3. God saves US!

CONCLUSION
1. Bind us with the Bible only!
2. Bind us with love only!

ABSOLUTES                           SUBJECT                RELATIVES
Information                                   BIBLE                     Application
Think                                        EXPERIENCE                  Feel
Stronger                                   AUTHORITY                Weaker
I fit God                                 CONNECTIVITY         God fits me
Permanence                                  TIME                     Temporary
Slow/cautious                             CHANGE             Rapid/Ambitious
Repetitious/Obligatory            WORSHIP          Variety/Relational
Do/Performance                   ATTENDANCE           Be/Pertinent