A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

Sermons by Jim Roberts

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.

Lessons in Prayer

Ephesians 3:14-19 Because this new body has been formed, and because living as one new man (unity) will be hard, Paul prays for the Church. In this sermon we focus on the how and the why of Paul’s prayer and through it we are encouraged to make prayer a priority in our lives.

The Minister of the Mystery

Ephesians 3:7-9 God has called ministers to speak forth the gospel. This calling is not deserved, comes with God’s power, is centered on the unsearchable riches of Christ and has the overall mission of bringing the gospel light to everyone. This call is not just for ministers however – it is for all who have been saved by grace and who rest…

The Mystery of the Church

Ephesians 3:1-6 The Church is to display the manifold wisdom of God in making the Gentiles fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise of Christ Jesus through the gospel. Along the way, we are reminded how people are saved – through the gospel.

A Portrait of the Church

Ephesians 2:19-22 Paul describes the Church as God’s Kingdom, God’s Family and God’s Temple. Being in God’s kingdom informs how we live. Being in God’s family informs how we treat one another. Being God’s temple informs us of the importance of the Church and how we are to act in it (since the temple is God’s dwelling place).