Community of Christ followers

Ekklesia Orange County

To be and to make fully transformed Christ-followers in healthy, sustainable community.

Current Study

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Zondervan Master Lecture by Professor Michael Wilkins

The importance of the Gospel of Matthew in church history cannot be overstated. For Jewish readers, it affirmed the Messiahship of Jesus, referring constantly to the Scriptures to establish his credentials. For Gentile disciples, it provided powerful and dramatic support of their inclusion in God's kingdom. The cross of Christ had removed the division between Jew and non-Jew, and through Matthew's writings, we see Israel's God drawing the entire world to himself through Jesus.

In Matthew, professor Michael Wilkins explains Matthew's broad appeal not only to his ancient readers, but also to us today. Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Wilkins shares perspectives on Matthew's Gospel that reveal its enduring relevance for our twenty-first century lives. This series is ideal for students, pastors, theologians, and anyone who wants a serious introduction to the Gospel of Matthew.

NIV Application Commentary

The Commentary helps readers with the vital task of bringing the ancient message of the Bible into a contemporary context. It gives preachers and teachers the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God’s Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.

Ekklesia Community Covenant

Our community’s purpose is to be and to make fully transformed Christ-followers in healthy, sustainable community.

Therefore, for this next year, I commit to accomplishing this purpose by:

  • Being fully committed to my transformation into Christ-likeness in community.

  • Being fully committed to others’ transformation into Christ-likeness in community. (including being an example to the kids)

  • Being fully present at all meetings (large, LTG’s) for the duration of this study, while I am in town.

  • Being consistently faithful in completing weekly assignment.

  • Being honestly engaged in the community, particularly my LTG (Life Transformation Group).

  • Being genuinely committed to mutual support and accountability in LTG.

  • Being trustworthily confidential about anything discussed in my LTG.

  • Being consistently prayerful for the community, especially my LTG members.

  • Being fully committed to finding and fulfilling the unique life purpose the Lord Jesus has for me.

  • Being willingly available to serving in future, similar transformational ministries.

  • Being my true self and a true friend in our community



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