The apostle Paul was always ready to let the brethren to whom he wrote know that he was praying for them. The letter to the Ephesians is no different as he tells them, “I never cease giving thanks for you and I am regularly remembering you in prayer.” In particular, Paul prays for them to grow in the knowledge of God, in three specific ways that we will consider in this lesson. He wanted them to grow in knowledge concerning their hope, concerning their inheritance, and concerning God’s power.
As Christians, we live under the dispensation of Christ, in these last days, and the Law of Moses, contained in the Old Covenant is no longer binding on the Lord’s people today. That Covenant was nailed to the cross, it was taken out of the way as the Hebrew writer notes, quoting from the prophecy of Jeremiah in Heb. 8:7-13. For this reason, we sometimes have a tendency to ignore what God has to say to us in the first 39 books of the Bible, but in this lesson we take a look at two specific reasons why we would do well to pay attention to the Old Testament as well as the New.
Apologies for the late post, but in this lesson from our “The Beautiful Bride of Christ” series looking at the book of Ephesians. Tonight we consider a little bit deeper a smaller portion of the first chapter in which we consider the blessings of redemption and forgiveness, lavished on us in God’s grace, as he has made known the mystery of his will for saving man through Jesus Christ.
If I were to say to you, come and be fed, and you would be filled, what would have to happen in order for you to be filled? So why do so many balk when Jesus says, “he who believes and is baptized will be saved?” Baptism is essential to salvation, and the New Testament concept is foreshadowed going back as far as Noah in the Ark. In this lesson we take a look at this essential part of God’s plan fr our salvation.
The church is Christ’s beautiful bride. Much of Paul’s focus in the book of Ephesians is on the church, and he begins the letter with a reminder of the blessings that Christians have because we are in Christ.
We have been surrounded for so long by unsavory language, especially that which dishonors and disrespects the name of God (Ex. 20:7), that we have in many cases ceased to notice it. This is extremely dangerous for the church, and we must keep a close watch on what we say, especially when it comes to the name of God. Sermon from the morning of 12/20/15 at the Orangeburg Church of Christ