A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

Sermons on Church

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…

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).

Brought Near in Christ

Ephesians 2:11-13 In response to God’s great work of drawing men close to himself by his grace (2:1-10), Paul goes on to remind the Ephesian believers that they have also been drawn together to be one new people. The Gentile believers were to remember how desperate their estate was – they were alienated both from God and God’s people (they were Christless,…

Every Member Gifted to Serve Part 2

Romans 12:3-13 Having looked in part 1 at how Every Member is gifted by the Spirit to serve in the church, this sermon looks at some of the gifts themselves. This is done after considering four cautions. The first is that in listing and defining the gits we can do so too narrowly and unintentionally leave someone out. The second caution is…

Every Member Greatly Needed

By average I do not mean “mediocre” – by it I mean “typical” and “ordinary” – by it I mean those who haven’t been to seminary or ordained to an office. By it I mean saints of all sizes, ages, personality types, education levels and economic status. It is you – Every Member – who is called to the work of the ministry.