The Mystery of Christ and His Church

Jesus revealed the greatest love ever by laying down His life for us (John 15:13). He also revealed the greatest submission ever when He came down from heaven not to do His own will, but the will of the One who sent Him (John 6:38). We rejoice in the wonderful fruits of that loving submission to God the Father which includes our eternal salvation and relationship with God. How can you express your appreciation for this great love and service of Christ? By loving and serving Him and the ones that He has placed in your life. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:21-33 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Deny Yourself
  2. Submit to Christ
  3. Love One Another

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

The life and teaching of Jesus Christ has challenged mankind for centuries and changed the course of history. In the same way, our knowledge of Him significantly affects us as well, not only in this life, but in the life to come. Here are the three main points of the sermon from John 14:6 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Who He is
  2. What He does
  3. What should we then do?

Walking in the Fear of the Lord

As those who trust in Christ alone for salvation, we are called to walk worthy of what He has done for us. In contrast to the rebellious world, we are called to walk accurately (Ephesians 5:15) according to God’s will revealed through His holy Word. This is accomplished under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) which leads to growth in wisdom and knowledge, joy and thanksgiving from the heart, and mutual edification and service (ministry). Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:21 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Because of who He is
  2. Because of who we are in Him
  3. How is it reflected in our daily lives?

Walking in the Spirit

Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24, 30) and in wisdom He has provided for us all things necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This includes wisdom from above (James 3:17-18) and the ever present and active Holy Spirit of God. Our salvation from sin and death is His gracious work, so also our being changed from glory to glory into the image of Christ. How should we say thank you? By walking in reliance and submission to Him. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:17-21 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. Not as fools but as wise sons and daughters of the King
  2. Under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit
  3. Exhibiting the fruit of the Holy Spirit

Walking as Children of Light

Jesus Christ is the light that shines in the darkness of this world, and that darkness does not comprehend or overcome Him (John 1:5). Praise God the Father that through His infinite love and mercy He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13). Let us therefore walk worthy of our calling as children of light in the light of the His Word and Spirit. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 5:8-17 that further expands upon this truth.

  1. By having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness
  2. Through the abiding, active work of the Holy Spirit
  3. Through the wisdom of the Lord

You are the light of the world

Praise God that He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Let us walk worthy of our calling as light bearers and imitators of God. Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 4:20-5:2 that further expands upon this truth.

I. Put off the deeds of darkness
II. Put on the light of the Lord
III. Walk as children of light

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ

How new are you? If you have been born again by the Spirit of God, you are a completely new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17). How important is this? Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” and “You must be born again” (John 3:3, 7). We are called to live according to who we are in Christ. Does your life reflect this radical change? Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 4:20-5:2 that further understand this truth.  

  1. Put off the old humanity with its deceitful desires
  2. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind
  3. Put on the new humanity created after the likeness of God

 

Rise Up, O Man of God

God declares to all true believers in Jesus Christ; “You were once darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light(Ephesians 5:8). We praise Him that He continually raises up faithful servants to hold forth the glorious light of the gospel to a lost and dying world. Are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation? If so, then He calls you to hold forth that light to those lost in darkness. Will you answer His call? Here are the three main points of the sermon from Ephesians 4:17-24 that further understand this truth.

  1. Remember from whence you came (v. 17-19)
  2. Remember what you have been taught (v. 20-21)
  3. Live what you profess to believe (v.22-24)

 

I am the Resurrection and the Life

Do you really know and understand our Lord Jesus Christ? Many times we attempt to place Him in a neat theological box so that we can handle Him. Fortunately, Scripture destroy this concept and reveals the One who is greater than anything we could ever imagine or expect. Here are the three main points of the sermon from John 11:25 that further expands upon this truth.

I. Alive from the dead
II. Alive in this world
III. Alive in the world to come

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