Essentials of Christianity

Based upon the manifold grace of God given to us (the church) through Jesus Christ, we are called to conduct our lives (walk) “endeavoring to keep (guard) the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Our Lord Jesus Christ enables us through His gracious gifting to grow to maturity in this calling. Are you aware of your personal call in this endeavor? How are you going about to fulfill it?  Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesian 4:1-16 that may help you to answer these questions.

  1. Christ is essential
  2. The body of Christ is essential
  3. Each member of the body of Christ is essential

 

The Family Founded on the Father

We confess that we “believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Thus, all creation is identified as relating to the Heavenly Father. As part of His gift of creation, He has given us the blessings of earthly fathers. Do you know and appreciate the great gift that our Heavenly Father has given to you through your earthly father? How can you communicate your thankfulness to Him and them? Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesian 3:14-21

  1. Upward – its stabilizing identity 
  2. Inward – its heavenly provisions 
  3. Outward – its glorious goal

Captured By Grace

In God’s infinite wisdom, He intertwines the life and experiences of His messengers with the message that He has given to them to communicate. We find an example of this in the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul. The same is true today. God is molding and shaping us, His church, to be effective instruments of grace. Does your heart belong to Him? Do you trust Him? Do you live for Him and His purposes? Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 3:1-13.

  1. Do you know the hope of God’s calling?
  2. Do you know the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints?
  3. Do you know the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe?

 

Reconciled Together

Reconciled to God.” What is more important? Nothing! Without God, all life is meaningless “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). All praise be to God, “who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19). We, united as the church, are called and empowered to be servants of reconciliation in a world at war with God. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 2:11-22.

  1. In Adam – aliens and strangers, without hope and without God
  2. Through Christ – reconciled to God and at peace
  3. In Christ – Unity and growth of the dwelling place of God

We Are His Masterpiece

As you take in the expansive beauty of creation, you behold the magnificent wisdom and power of God, the master artist. From His painting with light and life, the marvelous interconnected workings of each living being, to the vast galaxies and the music of the spheres, God has revealed Himself in ways to overwhelming to describe We are His greatest “work of art” and through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed from the awful effects of sin, restored to usefulness in His hand, and called to live according to who we are “in Christ.” Here are the three main points of the sermon on Ephesians 2:10:

I. His “work of art” created in Christ Jesus
II. The uniqueness of His “work of art”
III. His “working” through His “work of art”

But God

So many try to escape the consequences of sin by attempting to live in the world of their own creation (fantasy or make believe). But God declares that such thinking and living is foolishness. For He said “The fool has said in his heart ‘No God.’ They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good … No not one” (Psalm 53:1-3). The Apostle Paul further expanded upon this truth and also provided God’s alternate perspective and corrective, namely His wonderful grace in and through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here are the three main points of the sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10:

  1. Dead – God reveals your great need apart from Christ
  2. Alive – God graciously extends life to you through Christ
  3. Live – God calls you to respond to His grace

 

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

According to the psalmist, sin which finds its starting point in the heart can be defined as thinking and acting as if God does not exist. Fortunately for us, God corrects this foolishness in time and especially in eternity. The question we face is whether we will learn it now or later. A sermon from Psalm 53 (provided below) is intended to further expound this truth, Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. Sin is thinking and acting as if God does not exist
  2. God does act in time and in eternity
  3. What will be our response to God’s actions?

I am the Good Shepherd

Jesus Christ identified Himself with the lowly shepherds of Israel. In doing so, He revealed His care and involvement with His people (i.e. the sheep of His pasture). The sermon from John 10:1-18 (provided below) is intended to further expound the truth that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. He knows His sheep & they know His voice
  2. He cares for His sheep
  3. He lays down His life for His sheep

You Are Never Alone

“You are never alone.” Although this is true of everyone because God is everywhere present, it is especially true for those who believe. Not only did Jesus promise to never leave us nor forsake us (Matt. 28:20) and further promised to send us the abiding Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17), but also those in Him are also part of the great cloud of witness, a multitude that cannot be number from every kindred, tongue, tribe, and nation (the church). How should we express our gratitude to Gid for this wonderfully comforting truth? By walking worthy of His great calling of us (Ephesians 4:1ff). The sermon from Ephesians 1:19-23 (provided below) is intended to further expound the truth that you are never alone. Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. The power of God gives and sustains your life
  2. The purpose of God gives you meaning and hope
  3. They are demonstrated through the church and the life of each member

How to Properly Respond to God’s Blessings

How should you respond to the wonderful blessings which God has lavished upon you? The Apostle Paul encourages us to trust, thank and talk to the triune God as well as to show love and concern for those that He loves. Furthermore from Paul’s example we learn how to pray for ourselves and others. The sermon from Ephesians 1:15-23 (provided below) is intended to expand on these great truths. Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. Faith in the Lord Jesus and love for all the saints
  2. Constant thanksgiving and prayer for others
  3. Content of a prayer of blessing