The Book of Ephesians2018-04-18T17:41:56+00:00

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Ephesians has been called “the divinest composition of man,” “the distilled essence of the Christian religion,” and “the most authoritative and most consummate compendium of the Christian faith.” It’s that important! Yet, at its heart, it is a letter written by a father to his newly adopted sons and daughters. In it, he describes to his new kids all that they have inherited as members of a new family. Yet, he also does not shy away from reminding them of their new responsibilities now that they bear his name. A letter of encouragement and admonition for all of you new sons and daughters!

Ephesians has been called “the divinest composition of man,” “the distilled essence of the Christian religion,” and “the most authoritative and most consummate compendium of the Christian faith.” It’s that important! Yet, at its heart, it is a letter written by a father to his newly adopted sons and daughters. In it, he describes to his new kids all that they have inherited as members of a new family. Yet, he also does not shy away from reminding them of their new responsibilities now that they bear his name. A letter of encouragement and admonition for all of you new sons and daughters!

Maybe you have seen it played out in movies – a distant relative or casual friend is surprisingly made aware of an unexpected inheritance. They arrive for the reading of the will, heart pounding, mind racing, anxiously awaiting the mystery of the inheritance to be revealed. The Apostle Paul takes the Ephesians reader on the same journey, towards the revealing of that same mystery. As adopted sons and daughters of the Most High King, what is it that has been hidden for so many years and what has been left behind? This Sunday, bring a friend to the reading of His will as the mystery of your inheritance is revealed.

Unbelievably, Maury Povich has made an entire career out of revealing “who the father really is.” What do trashy daytime TV and a 2,000 year old letter to a city named Ephesus have in common? Simply this: they both attempt to answer the same question, “Who really is your daddy?” After spending half of his missive trying to convince his readers of their adoption as sons and daughters of God, Paul moves on to discuss family characteristics – the new DNA of our adoptive family. If someone were to look at a metaphorical picture of you, who would they say you “look like” or “take after?” This Sunday, the results are in, and your father is…

This Sunday, be prepared to not just hear the word of God, but experience it! Broadway actor Stephen Trafton is back at Mendham Hills, bringing the book of Ephesians to life this Thanksgiving for you and your family. Stephen will present a dynamic, interactive performance of the Apostle Paul’s letter, allowing you to enter into the drama of Scripture, providing a powerful new way to understand, experience, and live out the Word of God. Trafton’s Broadway credits include Les Miserables (original revival cast), the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as numerous regional theater productions. He received his training at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. He is on staff at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, under the leadership of Dr. Tim Keller. He performs Living Letters (Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians) at venues across the country. A Sunday to be thankful for, and a service you don’t want to miss – this Thanksgiving weekend at Mendham Hills.
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