Ephesians 1-3; Introduction, Part 1: Praise God for His Praise, Peace and Love!, Part 2: Praise God for His Power!, Part 3: Praise God for His Glory
Ephesians 2:11-18 - Have you ever been on the outside looking in? Lonely and lost with no real hope of ever "belonging?" Such was the state of all Gentiles before Jesus Christ completed his earthly mission. "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace..." Listen in to rejoice in this new and amazing thing that God has done for us in Christ.
The right prescription can only be found after a correct diagnosis is made. Similarly, after delivering the worse-than-we-thought bad news (Eph. 2:1–3), Paul describes the better-than-we-could-imagine Good News (Eph. 2:4–7)—"By grace you have been saved!" This passage describes God's character, God's saving actions for his people, and the reason God does all of this.
Ephesians 2:1-3 - After praying that Christians would see the power of Christ's resurrection and exaltation among them, Paul moves on to give an example. In point of fact, all of humanity is dead in sin, enslaved to the devil as well as their own desires, and "by nature" just recipients of God's righteous wrath (Eph. 2:1–3). This devastating news sets the stage for the supremely good news: "But God...made us alive" (Eph. 2:4–5). Let's learn to be humble and thankful, compassionate and joyful in light of this Good News, always remembering the depths from which God has brought us!
Ephesians 1:22–23. Seeing the church from God’s perspective is a game changer. From a merely human perspective, church is just one small part of our week—if that. We too easily stand in judgment over the church. But Paul’s prayer here reminds us of God’s perspective: the church is empowered by Resurrection power; the church is Christ Jesus’ Body; and the church is filled with God’s glory. May God grant us new eyes to see the beauty and power and purpose of the church!
Ephesians 1:17–23. Every Christian needs better vision in order to see spiritual realities more clearly. As a lasting model for us to follow today, Paul prays that believers would see the hope of God’s calling, the riches of his inheritance in the saints, and the power of Jesus’ resurrection that is still at work in the church. What a prayer to pray!
Ephesians 1:15-17: Pastor Josh illustrates Paul's instruction to the Ephesians on prayer, highlighting that in these three short verses, we learn why we pray, when to pray, what to pray and to whom to pray.
The sermon is preceded by scripture readings of Psalm 5 and Luke 11:1-13.
Jesus is Immanuel--but more than “God with us,” Jesus is “God became us”! This matters because the Incarnation makes it possible for Jesus to deliver us from sin and death and for him to intercede for us. If it weren’t for the event that Christmas signifies, we would be lost. But praise be to God for sending his Son to be our Savior!
The LORD’s ruler will rise from death to rule in righteousness, ushering in peace, the knowledge of God, and great praise and rejoicing.
The LORD’s ruler, who sits eternally on David’s throne, will turn his people’s gloom into rejoicing. He will turn their obscurity into fame. He will do this be executing justice and righteousness.
In the face of international calamities hitting close to home, God’s people must not look for refuge in the nations of earth. Instead, God’s people rest in Immanuel. God’s people must not be unsettled by fear. Instead, they must rest in Immanuel
Pastor Josh preaches through Ephesians 1:7-10, a passage that reveals God's plan to redeem His people through the outpouring of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Josh preaches through Ephesians 1:3-6 for the second time, this time highlighting the "who, what and where" of God's blessings.
Pastor Josh was invited to join Dan Demura for a two–hour live radio program. Scott Spears, station manager at WWGH 107.1 (http://www.wwgh1071.com/) led Josh and Dan through a discussion on the Bible, contemporary culture, the afterlife, and the Christian faith. The program was recorded on October 8, 2015.