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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…
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31; James 1:19-25 Because we are new creations, God has given us new garments self-control, peacemaking and love to replace the old garment of unrighteous anger. This sermon looks at the difference between righteous and unrighteous anger, the dangers of the latter and how we put on our new garments.
Ephesians 4:25; Proverbs 6:12–19; 23:23 God is a God of truth, and he has given his children the garment of truth to put on in place of the old garment of lying that we might glorify him and promote the peace and unity of the Church.
Ephesians 4:17-24 Once we were pagans and so it was reasonable that we lived like pagans – but now we are Christians and must live like Christians. We are new creations with new standards of living. Therefore we must put off (crucify, do violence to) the old man and put on the new man.
Isaiah 53:10-12 Isaiah sees not a Messiah who escapes death and so was never raised – but one who embraced death – specifically death in the place of sinners, and then rises again that we might have new life.
Isaiah 9:6-7 We live in a world that includes suffering and despair, a world filled with darkness. But Isaiah tells us that because Christ is King, light pierces the darkness and we can have hope in the midst of suffering and despair.
Ephesians 4:12-16 While the church is called to do and be many things, it can only “do and be” if it is growing and maturing. Growing to maturity – to be like Christ, is Christ’s vision for the church, for then the Church will be equipped to accomplish the tasks for which she is given.
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…
Hebrews 12:1-14, Psalm 119:9-17; Luke 22:40-46 While we are indeed justified by Christ and set apart to God, believers are to spend this life becoming more holy – more like Jesus. Over the last two weeks we were reminded that the chief means and motivation to holiness is the love and grace of God, which teaches us to say no to ungodliness.…
Titus 2:1-14, various This sermon looks at what Biblical holiness looks like in our lives, why it is important and the barriers we face to be holy.