A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

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Power and the Exalted Christ

Ephesians 1:19-23 Part of Paul’s prayer for the believers (and our prayer for ourselves and others) was that they would know the immeasurable greatness of his power. We tend to underestimate the exact nature of this power – so Paul puts this power into perspective by reminding us that this is the same power that raised Christ from the dead, the same…

The “Whats” of Knowing God Better

Ephesians 1:18-19 Here we are reminded that we must pray that we would know three great spiritual truths. The first is “the hope of God’s calling.” This refers to the assurance that what God calls us to – he brings about. Second we are to pray that we would know “the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in the saints.” Such a view of what awaits…

A Prayer to Know God Better

Ephesians 1:15-19 Paul’s prayer that the saints in Ephesus would know God better is just as needed by the Church today, for one of the things most urgently needed Western Christendom is a deeper knowledge of God. Paul offers this prayer because he knows God is sovereign in the affairs of men. He begins with thanksgiving, for through thanksgiving we get to…

Salvation – Arranged by the Father – Part 1

Ephesians 1:4 While in many ways the doctrine of election is difficult to understand, in the end it is meant to bring comfort and assurance and to lead us to worship. Sadly, because of misunderstandings about election, it often results in confusion and doubt. In this first sermon on election, we see: 1) that the one who elects is none other than…

Blessed!

Ephesians 1:3 The world and the devil want believers to find their identity outside of Christ, for this robs believers of their peace, joy and assurance. Sadly, our flesh gladly falls into line, for we forget the importance of our union with Christ. But it is only in Christ that we have, and experience, every spiritual blessing. This sermon considers what it…

A Hope-Filled Greeting

Ephesians 1:1-2 The book of Ephesians is a book that offers great hope to Christians, It offers hope as it lays out a Christians identity – what it means to be “in Christ”; and it offers hope that Christians can live lives that please the Lord in a world broken by sin. These truths are seen even here, in the introduction to…