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

Learning Contentment

The spirit of discontent is a fire that burns within our soul and renders us ineffective in our witness of Christ to others. Praise the Lord for His gracious intervention through His Word and Spirit. The Holy Spirit guided the Apostle Paul to not only set before us five outward expressions of inward contentment but also to instruct us on how to extinguish the flames of discontentment. Rev. Richard Stetler, in his sermon from Philippians 4:1-13, summarized the three steps of learning to be content found there as “Stop, Drop & Roll.”  We hope that you will find his sermon (below) as helpful and encouraging as we have.

Blessed be God the Holy Spirit

Our Lord Jesus Christ declared to the Apostle Paul that he was sent to the Gentiles “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18). What is this inheritance that God promised to give? What must you do to qualify to receive it? How is the Holy Spirit involved in this great gift of love? Paul answers these questions in Ephesians 1:11-14.  The sermon provided below is intended to help expand upon his answers.

  1. Grace – Do you know what God has done for you?
  2. Faith – Are you in the line of faith?
  3. Love – How can you express your appreciation to God?

Blessed be God the Son

What is the purpose of the cosmos? Unbelief’s ultimate answer is “there is no reason.” For those who trust in Christ alone for salvation, there is a better answer. It found in the Word of God. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible…All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17). He created, sustains, and has redeemed all things for His purpose and glory. The right response is to acknowledge this truth and act appropriately, that is to trust and obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The sermon from Ephesians 1:7-12 (provided below) is intended to expand on these great truths. Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. In Christ, we have redemption and reconciliation
  2. In Christ, all things are gathered together
  3. “That we should be to the praise of His glory”

Blessed be God the Father

The Apostle Paul begins this epistle of grace by focusing our attention on the source of all blessings, that is the Triune God. We are greatly blessed due to the greatness of the blessedness of God. Then he moves on to reveal and revel in the blessings that each person of the Godhead lavishes upon the beloved in Christ. The sermon from Ephesians 1:3-6 (provided below) is intended to expand on these great truths. Here are the three main points of the sermon:

  1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! 
  2. How vast are the blessings in Christ!
  3. To the praise of the glory of His grace”

Love Proclaimed and Demonstrated

Why should you live in a way that pleases God? Answer: Because of the greatness of God’s love for you (His wonderful blessings in Christ).

How do you do so? Answer: Live your life according to God’s great love for you (“walk worthy of your calling”).

The Apostle Paul expanded upon these two important points in his letter to the Ephesians (and to us as well). The sermon (available below) is intended to introduce you to this letter and begin to expound the truths proclaimed in this letter of God’s grace.