Paul closes Chapter 3 by praying for the Ephesian church. In this prayer, he discusses the proper posture for prayer (hint: It has to do with the heart), makes several petitions, and closes by discussing the power behind powerful prayer.
Paul starts chapter three by praying for the Ephesian church, but then goes down a rabbit trail when he mentions the mystery that God revealed. This mystery is revealed, explained, realized, and applied in this passage. The mystery: The Church has been established! The church was something that was new.
There have been a number of bitter rivalries throughout time: Coke v. Pepsi, Mac v. PC, Broncos v. Raiders, Red Sox v. Yankees... There are also deadly rivalries: North v. South, Jews v. Muslims, Christians v. Muslims, etc. This passage discusses one of the bitterest rivalries in history: Jew and Gentile. In this passage, Paul talks about how the two groups are opposed to each other, how Christ has established Peace, and the result: the Church, a peaceful house made up of believers in Christ.
This sermon from Ephesians 2 examines a sinners condition before Christ. Mankind is born spiritually dead. There are three enemies of God: the world, the devil, and the flesh. The result of this condition is that men and women are sons of disobedience and children of wrath. Fortunately, there is a phrase at the beginning of v. 4 that changes everything: "But God..." When someone trusts Christ, their position changes, they are now "in Christ" and have been "made alive!" The sermon closes by looking at the role of works in the life of a follower of Christ. The implications of this text are also discussed. You can download the bulletin as well as the notes for this week. God bless!
This is the first prayer in Ephesians. Paul's prayer life was confident, ongoing, planned, and he tended to focus on spiritual needs over material needs. He thanked God for the faith and love of the Ephesian believers. Paul also requested that God would help followers of Christ know HIM better. The prayer ends with praise. Our prayer life should imitate Paul's.
This is the first sermon covering Ephesians. The next three months at Faith Bible will be a slow walk through this letter. This sermon introduces the letter by looking at Revelation 2 and the first 14 verses of Ephesians 1. In these verses, Paul outlines six spiritual blessings of being a follower of Christ: Chosen, adoption, redeemed, a revealed mystery, inheritance, and being sealed. Each one of these blessings becomes a major theme throughout the rest of the letter.
This stand-alone sermon from Pastor Chuck covers Psalm 46. This Psalm is messianic, prophetic, and practical. God is our protection, God gives us power, God is our helper who is always present, and God gives us peace in times of trouble!
In the final sermon from the "Ministry Sync" series, Pastor Scott discusses Discipleship. If FBC is going to be making "vibrant followers of Christ," it important to understand why and how. By examining the Great Commission, we see three directions of discipleship. First, the church makes disciples by going into the community (this is the missionary component). Second, the church makes disciples by baptizing and teaching believers in the church. Third, disciples are made as we follow Christ and go where He wants us to go. All glory in discipleship belongs to Christ.
This "Ministry Sync" sermon discusses the "Great Commandment" of loving God, others, and self. Love is the overarching purpose for every Christian's life. The priorities in the follower of Christ's life should be God, self, and others. When we apply these two commandments to our life, we see that we fall desperately short of God’s will for our lives. There is forgiveness and hope in Christ. Similarly to how we have to lean on God for strength when using our spiritual gifts, we MUST rely on the Spirit when we love God and love people.
This sermon removes some of the cultural debris surrounding spiritual gifts and gives an overview of the gifts discussed in Scripture. A spiritual gift assessment can be picked up from the church or by emailing Pastor Scott.
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