Sermons

The Bond of Unity

The church is very good at tearing itself apart. For this reason, In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul lays out ways believers can maintain the bond of unity. First, he instructs believers to cultivate humility, gentleness and patience with each other. If they do, then they can...

The Fullness of God

In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul finishes the theological section in his letter by praying for the church to receive the fullness of God. He has three requests on behalf of the church. That the church would be filled with the Spirit So that the church can know God...

A Message of Wisdom

In Ephesians 3:1-13 Paul continues to talk about how Jews and Gentiles are both called to be equal partners in God's kingdom. However, in this passage, he brings up his imprisonment. While most people would regard imprisonment as an embarrassment, Paul sees it...

Diversity without hostility

In Ephesians 2:11-23, Paul tells the Ephesians to remember where they came from. They had been on the outside, looking in when God's grace had reached out to include them. Now the good works God calls them to revolve around doing the same for others. God calls...

From Death to Life

In Ephesians chapter 2 verses 1-10 Paul described the transition from death to life of those who have faith. While everyone starts off spiritually dead, God's mercy brings spiritual life to those who accept his Grace. But this new life doesn't merely change our...

Understanding the Authority of Jesus

In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul prays that the believers in Ephesus will have their eyes opened to understand the authority of Jesus and the enormity of his victory. While his audience came from a pagan background, they had come to faith in Jesus Christ. But this didn’t remove their fear of evil spiritual forces. Paul prays that they’ll see things from God’s perspective. Then they will see that Jesus has overcome all of the evil spiritual forces. This will allow them to follow him with boldness.

Modern readers are often deeply skeptical of the existence of spiritual forces of evil. Yet there are powers at work that pull us in directions that are different than what Jesus has commanded us. Materialism, militarism, tribalism and sometimes patriotism make claims in our lives that can be contrary to the authority of Jesus. We must ask ourselves how we should respond to these pressures if Jesus is Lord in our lives.

Blessed and Adopted

This is the first video in a series exploring the book of Ephesians. In this sermon, Peter looks at Ephesians 1:3-14. The emphasis is that God has blessed and adopted believers from both the Jews and the Gentiles. While the division between Jews and Gentiles no longer...

The Faithfulness of God

As we close out the 2010s and look forward to the 2020s we have an opportunity to reflect on The Faithfulness of God. While some of us have powerful stories of God's goodness, others see only difficulty, hardship and suffering. How do we make sense of these...

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