We have been in the book of Ephesians for a few weeks now and covered a variety of topics, going from the first three chapters and the great promises we have in Christ. Chapter 4 started a barrage of commands that fill out what it means to believe. This there is a transition to the Spirit filled life and what…
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk…
I like new stuff. I played tennis last week with my neighbor. He busted out a brand new can of tennis balls and I brought one from Roscoe’s bed. The new ones were brighter and bounced better. Smelt better. Anyone else?   Sometimes it can feel like we need a new life. We feel dinged, scuffed, tarnished, broken, used up,…
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just…
We are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus is raised from the dead then death has been defeated, sin overcome, darkness conquered,   It also means life is not always what we expect. Easter reminds us that things are different that we would like. Familiar story of resurrection.   Have you ever had something go in a way that…
We are in a great section today about the love of God. Let me ask you a question.   Are you a loving person? Do people know you care about them. I assume every person wants to be thought of as a loving person.   Are you a loved person? As we think about loving and giving to others, how…
For the past few weeks we have been studying Ephesians, and in many ways hearing some great theological and doctrinal truth. We have heard about the doctrines of: alienation, reconciliation, total depravity, new life in Christ, union with Christ, predestined for adoption, forgiven of trespasses. All core doctrines of our faith. All this propelled Paul to live differently.   There…
Text: Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-- 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in…
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of…
Text:   For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and…