United to One Another – Gospel in Life

United to One Another

Tim Keller |ย  November 13, 2011

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  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
Ephesians 2:19-22
RS 333-07


What is the church? Who is the church? At the end of Ephesians chapter 2, Paul writes very directly about the subject of the church. This sermon will unpack what we’re told about what we were without God, what we are in Christ, and how we really become what we are through the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19โ€“22

In Christ, we move from being strangers to being part of God’s family. The church is like a spiritual house, based on the teachings of the apostles and prophets. Christ is the main stone that holds everything together, making it holy. Even though we might struggle to live up to this sacred calling, Ephesians gives us hope for change, guiding us towards becoming a place where God’s Spirit lives.

1. What we were

Ephesians 2:19 talks about feeling spiritually lost, comparing life without God to being outsiders and strangers. This feeling of spiritual homelessness, which comes up often in the Bible, matches some views that suggest deep loneliness and feeling out of place are part of being human. But the good news is that through Jesus Christ, we can find our true home in God, turning feeling lost into feeling loved.

2. What we are

Paul uses metaphors like citizens, family members, and stones in a temple to show how deep our connection with God and other believers can be. Even though our family and culture can shape us a lot, it’s the message of Jesus Christ that can truly transform us, creating a strong bond among Christians from all walks of life. This unity requires more than just going to church. It asks for honesty, responsibility, deep friendships, shared hardships, welcoming others into our lives, and a shared sense of spirituality within the Christian community.

3. How we can really become what we are

Unity is a natural outcome for those changed by the gospel, but it needs to be cared for and shown. Seeing Jesus as the main stone in our lives strengthens our bond with other believers because weโ€™re all shaped by His teachings. Remembering God’s deep love and welcoming nature, shown through Jesus’ sacrifice, should guide us to live a life focused on love and community, which last forever.



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