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Sermon Series: Misunderstood Words
“Saints”

Ephesians 1: 1-2, 15-23, NRSV

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. — Ephesians 1:1-2

  • saints are “celebrities”
  • we see a recognizable character in a saint
  • we want to imitate them
  • bad ideas/ways of remembering the saints
    • keeping body parts of them, i.e. relics
    • charging people money for touching the relics
  • Saints in New Testament
    • it is to address to anyone who follow Christ
    • present reality vs. future reality
    • “Holy People”
      • people who are set apart
      • not referring to the character or accomplishment of the person, but referring to what God has done in that person

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