Posts Tagged ‘Ephesians’

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THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission Pt. 2: Man

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Our Mission is to glorify God through lives changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission has many facets, but the foundation of the mission is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the rock upon which His church is built, the cornerstone of our knowledge of God and our faith in God. The Great Commission found in the last few verses of Matthew 28 was Jesus’ mission for His church. The way we are to accomplish this mission is to proclaim the truth about Jesus to all the nations, making disciples of them, baptizing them, and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded of us. This message is what we are studying in this four week series, THE GOSPEL. This week we are talking about part two: Man (the creation of mankind, the Fall, and sin).

THE GOSPEL
The Message of the Mission Part 2: Man

1. In the Beginning, Adam Sinned (Gen 3)

A. They rejected God’s authority over them.
B. They declared their independence from God.

2. We Are Sinners by Nature, Not because We Sin

A. We are born children of wrath. (Eph 2:1-3)
B. The inevitable result of our sinful nature is death. (Rom 5:12)

3. We Are Totally Depraved

A. No one deserves God’s love. (Rom 3:9-12)
B. Everyone misses the mark. (Rom 3:23)
C. Our best deeds are filthy to God. (Isa 64:6a)

4. God’s Judgment Is Active (Isaiah 59:1-2; Rev 19:15)

A. Your sinfulness has separated you from God. (Isa 59:1-2)
B. God’s wrath will be forever poured out on sinners. (Rev 19:15)

5. The Unrepentant Inherit Hell

A. Hell is worse than we can understand. (Matt 10:28)
B. Hell is real…it’s hot and it hurts. (Mark 9:43, 48)
C. Only those who repent will be saved. (Luke 13:3, 5)

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A Call to War (Ephesians 6:10-24)

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The Bible is clear that anyone who professes to be a Christian must live in a way that shows that they truly are committed followers of Jesus Christ. At the end of the book of Ephesians, Paul makes it very clear that God’s calling on our lives to be a Christian is also His call on our lives to enter into a war. This week’s sermon reveals why we are at war, with whom/what we are at war, and what we need to do in order to prepare for battle. Do not be mistaken, if you are a Christian, you are already at war, whether you realize it or not! Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

Our Call to Christ is a Call to War!

I. Awaken to the war around you!

1. Our ongoing relationship with God is our strength.
2. The war is personal and corporate.

II. Christianity is a call to continually stand firm.

1. Our past accomplishments are not enough.
2. We begin with truth at our core.
3. Your character is at your defense.
4. The gospel must be our firm-footing!
5. Reliance on God is our greatest defense personally and corporately.
6. Our confidence is in our salvation.
7. Our weapon is our knowledge and understanding of the Word.
8. We must remain vigilant in prayer: a) Prayer for others; b) Not prayer for freedom; c) Prayer for boldness

III. Proclaiming the gospel is the purpose of the war.

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Submitting to God pt. 2: Husbands (Eph 5:25-33)

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

God gave us the institution of marriage ultimately to point us toward the relationship between Jesus and his bride, the church. In fact, the gift of marriage was given not just for us and our enjoyment, but to help us display the glory of God to the world. This text is the second in a short series within Ephesians on how we are to submit to authority in order to display God’s glory and magnify our Lord, Jesus. This week we are focused on how husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself up for her. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

Submitting to God pt. 2: Husbands

Husbands, love your wives as Jesus loves the church:

1. Jesus feeds his bride.
2. Jesus lavishes his bride with gifts.
3. Jesus knows his bride intimately.
4. Jesus is long-suffering with his bride.
5. Jesus continually encourages his bride.
6. Jesus pursues his bride, wooing her.
7. Jesus fought for the purity and holiness of his bride.
8. Jesus gives himself fully to his bride.
9. Jesus sacrificed everything for his bride.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices wit the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

Marriage was created to point to Jesus and the gospel.

The Great Exchange
“This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied himself of his righteousness that he might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and he has taken our evils upon himself that he might deliver us from them.” – Martin Luther

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Submitting to God pt. 1: Wives (Eph 5:21-24)

Monday, February 15th, 2010

God gave us the institution of marriage in for us to enjoy one another in a relationship that would demonstrate the love and enjoyment that the Trinity shares. In fact, the gift of marriage was given not just for us, but to help us display the glory of God to the world. This text is the first in a short series within Ephesians on how we are to submit to authority in order to display God’s glory and magnify our Lord, Jesus. This week we are focused on how wives are to submit to the authority God has placed in their lives. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

Introduction:
1. Woman was God’s finishing touch on creation. (Gen 2:18-25)
2. The equality of men and women
3. The differences in roles of men and women
4. Sin has distorted these roles

Wives are instructed to submit to their husbands in everything.
1. Submitting to your husband might win him to the Word. (1 Peter 3:1-2)
2. Quarrelsome wives are a curse in Scripture. (Proverbs 19:13; 21:9)
3. Prudent wives are a blessing in Scripture. (Proverbs 12:4; 19:14)
4. Submitting to your husband reflects the church’s submission to Christ. (Eph 5:24)
5. Submitting to your husband gives God glory.

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February Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Monday, February 1st, 2010

What an exciting year 2010 has been so far! Our church family has taken great strides to get back to the mission of displaying God’s glory by (1) ministering to God, (2) ministering to the church, and (3) ministering to the world. Here are a few ways we are attempting to do this:

Ministering to God
First and foremost as the church it is our primary task to make much of God in everything that we do. We see Jesus in the New Testament always stating that He came to do the will of the Father. Jesus’ entire life was given first and foremost to the task of making His Father famous among all of creation. This, too, should be of the utmost importance for us as followers of Jesus. This is the ultimate distinction between a church and a social club: exalting, or making much of, Jesus. Everything we do must be done to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Ministering to the Church
Second, every local gathering of believers is tasked with nurturing the local church. We are to reach out to all believers within our church local and the church around the world in order to equip them to do the work of serving God, one another, and the lost. Here are two examples of how we are beginning to do this in 2010. The first is our restructuring our church to look more like the church as it is laid forth in Scripture, by way of our new Constitution and Bylaws. The second example is our going to serve churches in Haiti later this year in helping them recover and rebuild from the devastation of their recent earthquake so they can once again be ministers of the gospel to the people of Haiti. This directive of ministering to the church is expressly stated in Ephesians 4:11-16, which articulates it much better than I ever could:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (emphasis added)

Ministering to the World
Thirdly, we are commanded, and it should be our joy, to display God’s glory to the lost world around us. This is the area I believe our church struggles with most. Jesus said he came “to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) Jesus’ confession of His mission to seek and to save the lost is directly and inseparably linked to His confession that He came to glorify the Father. The most effective way Jesus could glorify the Father was to seek the lost and then save the lost by becoming humanity’s substitute on the cross, where Jesus died the death we deserved so that we could live the life that only He deserved. Calling ourselves Christians means we are like Christ, and to be like Jesus means that we are to actively and passionately seek and save the lost. This is our mission, given to us by Jesus, and it should be our joy to serve Him and the world in this way. Let’s start making this a priority for our lives and our church.

For Jesus’ fame and by His grace…may He be exalted!