Ephesians 3:1-13 The Mystery

Ephesians 3-1-13 (audio file for download) Open your Bibles please to Ephesians 3:1 we are going to be studying verses 1-13 today. Before we even get started, I want you to write something down if you have a pen. I want you to write down a couple of words that come to your mind when you ask yourself this question: why does church unity matter? We will get to that later, but I wanted to ask you that before I said anything that might give away what might be a good sunday school answer. So last week we looked at the … Continue reading Ephesians 3:1-13 The Mystery

Ephesians 2:11-22 The Dividing Wall of Hostility

Ephesians 2-11-22 (audio file for download) FYI I diverted from my notes quite a bit on this message, so don’t try to figure out the notes as you listen. Last week we looked at Paul’s reminder to us that we who are in Christ were dead, we were children of wrath and we are made alive in Christ. Remember, in this letter to the Ephesians, Paul front loads it with theology. Before he gets to any instructions for the believers in Ephesus, and for us, he wants to make sure we are understanding who we are in Christ. Anything that we … Continue reading Ephesians 2:11-22 The Dividing Wall of Hostility

Ephesians 2:1-10 The Foundation of Hope

**Audio disclaimer** Our computer was offline, so we recorded the message with a phone, sorry for the inferior quality. Ephesians 2-1-10 (audio file for download) Open your Bibles to Ephesians 2, we are going to read verses 1-10. How important is the foundation of your house? How important is the foundation of your faith? The foundation of our faith, and thus our hope is how we got to be who we are. What is the ground that your identity is built on? What is the beginning of your story of faith? in this text, Paul lays out pretty succinctly the form … Continue reading Ephesians 2:1-10 The Foundation of Hope

Ephesians 1:15-23 Paul’s Prayer, Continued.

Ephesians 1-14-23 (audio file for download) The last time we were together we looked at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. We looked at how his prayer was that they would grow not just in their knowledge of God, but in the spirit of wisdom and revelation. His heart for them was that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened. He wanted them to not just know about God, but to truly know Him intimately. So what did He want them to see with the eyes of their hearts? We touched briefly on this last time, but we are going to … Continue reading Ephesians 1:15-23 Paul’s Prayer, Continued.

Ephesians 1:15-23 “Paul’s Prayer”

Ephesians 1-15-23 Pauls Prayer (audio file for download) So far in this letter we have seen two main elements, we have seen the introduction, and we have seen exaltation. In Paul’s introduction, he states who he is and who we are. In that section we looked at identity. Next he begins to exalt in God’s goodness, and lays out a very brief but packed statement glorifying God for who He is, while explaining to the Ephesians and to us what God has done for us. He now turns and shares what you might call his thesis statement. He lays out a … Continue reading Ephesians 1:15-23 “Paul’s Prayer”

Ephesians 1:3-14 Where? How? Why?

My first ever sub 30 sermon!! We were at Powhatan State Park, and the grill was right beside where I was preaching, thus the multiple references to smoke. Where How Why (Audio file for download) Before I even start today I want to ask you to do something for me. Take out a pen if you have one, and write down on a sheet of paper three spiritual blessings. Think about it, Three spiritual blessings… take a minute… In case you haven’t been here, we are in a series on the book of Ephesians. This is the third week of studying … Continue reading Ephesians 1:3-14 Where? How? Why?

Ephesians 1:3-14 “Who? What? When?”

Ephesians 1-3-14 Who What When (audio file for download) Well, Last week, we began to study the book of Ephesians. This book is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus. He is corresponding with them from prison in Rome. We looked at the greeting last week, and how paul spends a lot of time addressing our identities as people. We looked at the importance of finding our identity in Christ and nothing else. If you recall, I mentioned that you are in Adam, or you are in Christ, and all the different things we can find … Continue reading Ephesians 1:3-14 “Who? What? When?”