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Ephesians

Off with Stealing, On with Hard Work and Sharing

Ephesians 4:28 As new creations, we are to reflect God’s integrity, uprightness and holiness. This means first that we must stop stealing. Christians steal not only by outright theft of goods, but by stealing time from their employers, slipping a pen occasionally into the pocket from work, slander and gossip, cheating on their taxes, and more. Secondly, we must put on the…

Christ’s Gifts to the Church

Ephesians 4:7-12 As Paul continues to develop a philosophy of the Church, he begins to develop the doctrine of spiritual gifts. He begins by reminding us that they are indeed grace gifts from the ascended Christ. We each have one or more, and none of us deserved them. But since they are from Christ, earned by him and are given for a…

Thank God for Unity!

Ephesians 4:4-6 The unity of the church is not something that needs to be created, for we are one by virtue of God’s work. We have unity in the one Spirit, who makes us a part of the one body and gives us one hope. We have unity in the one Lord (the Son), who has given us one faith to believe…

Walk This Way!

Ephesians 4:1-3 Chapter 4 marks a change in Ephesians. Chapters 1-3 were focused primarily on doctrine, but now the focus changes to duty. We must be careful not to forget the great truths of chapters 1-3, for in them is the knowledge and power we need to live as believers. In our current passage, The apostle Paul urges believers to conduct their…

Growing Up

Ephesians 3:19b Paul’s final petition in his marvelous prayer in Ephesians 3 is that Christians be filled up to the fullness of God. This is an amazing request, for in it Paul is asking that not only would we be filled with the good things of God’s character, but that we actually become like him. We do not, of course, become little…

Knowing the Love of Christ

Ephesians 3:17b-19a Because the love of Christ is so central to this new community that God is building, Paul gives much time to it in his prayer. He first acknowledges that believers, by virtue of their being “in Christ” – are already rooted and grounded in his love and thus are secure in God’s hands, for nothing can separate believers from Christ’s…

Strengthened with Power

Ephesians 3:16b-17a Paul knows that living for Christ in this new community, indeed – living in this world – will be hard, and so he prays that believers would be strengthen with power by the Spirit in the inner man. This sermon looks at the availability of power, the necessity of power and how the Spirit communicates that power to us.