“February 12, 1979”

On October 28, layperson Mike Trujillo preaches on Ephesians 2:1-10.

1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Paul planted a church in the city of Ephesus on his first visit to the city. Many years later he is writing back to the church. He reminds them about the universality of the our church, and shares with them a much deeper description what our faith is all about. He looks at our spiritual past, present, and future relationship with Christ.

Forty years ago a church was planted in Oak Hill. What would Paul have told the founders of this church while they were sitting in the home of Jimmy and Martha Dunks? What would he have thought about our worship services in a bar? What would he be telling us now after our first 40 years? What do we have in store for the next 40?