7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
What Is The Church
1. Church is a spiritual family.
2. Church is gathering of people where God’s presence is encountered.
1 Corinthians 5:4
So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present…
3. Church is vehicle used by God to bring hope to the world.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…
5 Core Values of Radiant Church
Live Free: We live in freedom by understanding our true identity in Christ.
“In Him.. we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
2. Live Empowered: We live out our faith by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
“He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being…”
3. Live Connected: We connect with other believers who can help us grow spiritually.
“together with all the Lord’s holy people…” Eph. 13:8
4. Live Generous: We generously steward our time, gifting and resources.
“I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace…”
5. Live Loving Others: We use our gifts to invest into the lives of others.
“you, being rooted and established in love…”