A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

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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).

The Peace-Making Christ

Ephesians 2:14-16 The apostle Paul reminds us that Christ didn’t just bring peace – HE IS OUR PEACE and he has made us one by tearing down the wall of hostility that existed between Jew and Gentile. That he is our peace should be no surprise since this is the testimony regarding the Messiah in all of Scripture. That he can make…

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,…

Saved by Grace – through Faith

Ephesians 2:8-9 Because it is so essential to understanding the gospel as well as our need to worship, Paul re-emphasizes the truth that our salvation is all of God’s doing. He does this first by reminding us that we were saved by grace – words that repeat themes both in chapter one and earlier in chapter 2. Grace, of course, by virtue…

But God!

Ephesians 2:4-7 The words “But God” in Ephesians 2 take us right to the heart of the gospel. We were dead, disobedient and doomed, but God intervened at the point of our desperate need. This sermon looks first at God’s great work of salvation. How he made us alive with Christ, raised us with Christ and seated us with Christ. We then…