Eph 5.24: Wives Picture the Church

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ephesians 5.24: A Theology of the Church's Relationship to Christ

In this message we look at the role of the wife as a picture of the Church. The wife is to submit to her husband (v22), to be subject unto him (v24), and to reverence him (v33b).

Eph 5.22-23: Marriage & Submission

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ephesians 5.22-23: A proper understanding of theology is essential in marriage.

Marriage pictures the relationship between Christ and the Church, therefore a proper understanding of that relationship is essential for a proper understanding of marriage.

Eph 5.21: Mutual Submission

Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ephesians 5.21: To adorn the Gospel, we need to submit one to another

Ephesians 5.21 is a verse that serves as a bridge from the filling (v18) we saw before and the instructions about key relationships that follow (Eph 5.22-6.9). The filling of he Spirit will result in mutual submission among the brethren (and the submission of Christian to others in key relationships).

Eph 5.17-20: Live Wisely, Be Spiritual! (Pt2)

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ephesians 5.17-20: Walking wisely means living a Spirit-filled life

Our days are evil... our time is limited... and our mission is urgent. Wherefore, we need to live wisely, and that means being spiritual (v17-18).

Ephesians 5.18 contains the only commandment given to Christians regarding the Holy Spirit. God commands us to be filled with the Spirit! What does that mean? How do we do that? Is this something mystical for the super-spiritual? Or is this something very practical for each and every one of us?

Eph 5.17-20: Live Wisely, Be Spiritual! (Pt1)

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ephesians 5.17-20: Walking wisely means living a Spirit-filled life

Because the days in which we live are evil (v16b), we need to live wisely and that means living spiritually—filled with (controlled by) the Spirit, not anything else.

We took advantage of Paul's mention of drunkenness in this passage to take a quick run down the rabbit trail of what the Bible says about alcohol. How very important for a Christian to understand his liberty (and/or lack therefore) with regard to booze!

Eph 5.15-16: Walk Circumspectly

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ephesians 5.15-16: Walk wisely redeeming the precious little time you have!

Do not underestimate the influence of the world in which we live. This world exerts a tremendous influence on us daily (constantly!). If you are not watchful, sober, careful, vigilant... you will find yourself carried away by the world system, living for things that have no eternal value.

Open your eyes and pay the price to redeem the precious little "free time" you have!

Eph 5.7-14: Separate to Light

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ephesians 5.7-14: Walk as a child of light—separated unto the Light

The entire first half of Ephesians 5 is about the Christian's relationship to the lost world around him. The chapter itself deals with us walking as the children of light that we are in Jesus Christ. And that means we should live sanctified lives, separated unto the Light.

Christian, wake up and be light in the darkness of this world!

Eph 5.3-6: Separate from Darkness

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ephesians 5.3-6: Walk as a child of light—separate from darkness.

You are a child of light, so walk like it. Wake up and separate from darkness!

In Ephesians 5 Paul exhorts us to walk as children of light. We need to walk in a way that is worthy of our vocation (Eph 4: our "job" to be and make disciples). And that means we need to walk as the children of light that we already are in Christ (Eph 5.8).

Eph 5.1-2: Be Light - Follow God & Christ

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Ephesians 5.1-2: Walk as a child of light—as God (godly) and as Christ (Christian).

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. [Eph 5.8]

The central theme of Ephesians 5 is seen in verse 8. Since we are light in the Lord (what He made us at salvation), we ought to live (walk) like it in the world.

God is Good

Sunday - May 20, 2012
The Communicable Attributes of God, Part 3 of 3

Let God's goodness lead you to repent of your sins and follow close after the Lord Jesus Christ!

We finished up our short mini-series on the communicable attributes of God this morning by looking at what the Bible says about His goodness. God is good! And His goodness ought to lead us all to repentance from sin, and then to a life of following close after Jesus Christ.