United In Christ – Ephesians 2 (sermon audio)

9/24/17 p.m. sermon

Living in a world that is so divided, it is a vital time for the church to remember the unity that we have in Christ.  Ephesians Chapter 2 shows us that, although we were once aliens and strangers, we have been united in Christ, and live together as the church of Christ, his kingdom, and the temple of the Living God.

I Want You to Know Him – Eph. 1:15-23 (sermon audio)

9/10/17 p.m. sermon

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.

The Purpose of the Old Covenant – Heb. 8:7-13 (sermon audio)

9/3/17 a.m. sermon

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.

Know Your Enemy

It is officially one of my favorite times of the year. College football season has begun. Saturday’s games will be here soon.  Players are currently preparing for their upcoming games in a couple of different ways.

They will prepare physically by getting out on the field and running drills and practicing plays, and many will get in the weight room to lift weights so that they can be stronger for the next challenge that they face.

One of the ways they will prepare mentally is by watching film. They will watch film of their own game, to see where they might be able to improve.  But they will also watch film of their upcoming opponent to learn how that team plays, what strategies they might use, and what kind of thing they need to be preparing for specifically to face that team.

There is great value on knowing your enemy, and not just on the football field. It is imperative that we in the church do all that we can to prepare for our ongoing fight against our adversary, the devil.  There are several things the Bible teaches us about Satan that we can be prepared to face.

He is a Deceiver.  Revelation 12:9 speaks of “the great dragon…the ancient serpent who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world.” The deceiver of the whole world, the father of lies (John 8:44) has been doing what he does from the beginning.  He has been lying and deceiving humanity into turning away from God and committing sin.

He is a Disguiser.  Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 11:14 that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”  I would expect nothing less from “the deceiver of the whole world.”  But he’s not working alone.  He has many servants in this world and they too are often disguised “as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15).  Countless souls are being led away from the truth by these servants of Satan who look like (and make themselves out to be) servants of God.

He is a Devourer.  Many of us probably learned as children that “your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).  My cat is certainly not a lion, but she maintains some of those same basic instincts that her much larger cousins possess.  Every now and then she decides to “kill” one of her toys by lowering herself into a pounce position, waiting for the perfect moment, and then, in a flash, pouncing on the unsuspecting “prey” and delivering the “killing” blow.  In many ways, it’s not that different than how a lion hunts on the African plains. And it’s not that different from how Satan hunts, watching us and waiting until that precise moment when the time is right to strike.  And he hunts to kill.

So be on your guard brethren.  Prepare yourself for battle (Eph. 6:10-18) and know your enemy.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  (Eph. 6:11)

Making Known the Mystery of His Will – Eph. 1:7-10 (sermon audio)

8/27/17 p.m. sermon

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.