Paul's prayer for the Ephesian church (or churches) is perfectly relevant for us today. (The prayer following the sermon is usually included on these recordings, but the battery on the recorder ran out before the prayer was finished, so it has been omitted on this posting.)
sermons | study
These are sermons preached during our Sunday worship services. (Recordings were not always successful, so there are gaps in the postings.)
This message completes our consideration of this text. It focuses on the Apostle's admonition to husband, but it has applications relevant to all followers of Christ.
The Church has the opportunity to speak a clear word concerning marriage at a time when many in our culture are confused and conflicted.
Building upon last Sunday's text, our consideration of Ephesians 5:1-21 will help us to discern important aspects of how we are to live as relational beings in a manner that both brings glory to God and good to others and ourselves.
The Scriptures answer the deepest questions of human beings, and the three passages that we are considering here provide a fine example of that. My recording this morning during worship was unsuccessful, so I re-recorded the message at home.
This sermon focuses on the Reformation theme of solus Christus, or Christ alone. This teaching is beautifully presented in the offering of praise with which Paul begins the body of his letter to the church in Ephesus.
The teaching known as sola gratia is one of the key doctrines brought into special focus by the Reformation.
This sermon on Ephesians follows the passage from which Abel preached on July 24. Building on what he has said, we hear Paul emphasizing the contrast between the two ways of living which people pursue in our day as in his.
My son Abel preached while Susan and I were away for this Lord's Day. He chose his text to coordinate with our study of Romans chapters 9-11, which deal specifically with issues related to Jews and Gentiles within the Church.
Sunday | August 2, 2015
This sermon series on relationships began on June 28th with a consideration of the Trinity, and we do well to keep returning to think about the character of God as we think about what should be the character of our relationships with others. First Corinthians exhorts us: Let all that you do be done in love. Were we to obey that command, would not our relationships give off a pleasing aroma to God, the scent of love?