Ephesians is Paul's "Cliff Notes Gospel," a relatively brief exposition on everything related to Christian faith, life and practice. And chapter 1 is the foundation for it all! Paul describes God's cosmic purpose in creation, reassuring his formerly-pagan readers that the God of the universe, who was made manifest in Jesus, is not spiteful or capricious or given to flying off the handle like the gods they used to serve, but this God has purposed good for creation since the beginning of time and has deliberately and steadily worked out renewal and redemption for each one of us and for all of creation. And we are invited into that same deliberate and purposeful work as those adopted as God's children. That is the Gospel in a nutshell: God's action, our response.
This week's sermon...from Ephesians 1.