John Stott was a pastor and theologian who recently went home to be with the Lord. Stott was writing about Ephesians 3:20-21, which is our theme verse for Imagine.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
John Stott points out that there are seven stages in this great statement by the Apostle Paul that can be encouraging to our church as we read his thoughts on these verses. Stott writes:
- He is “able to do” because He is not idle or inactive or dead.
- He can do “what we ask” for He hears us when we pray.
- He can do “what we think” for He knows what we think before we think it.
- He can do “all we ask or think” because He knows it all and can do it all.
- He can do “more than we ask or think” because His plans are bigger than our plans.
- He can do “much more” than we ask or think because there is no holding back with God.
- He can do “exceedingly abundantly” beyond what we can imagine because He is the God of the superlative.
We serve a miracle working God. For this reason, First Baptist Carrollton is being called to Imagine even greater things. May God do immeasurably more than we ask or Imagine.