The Body of Christ – Eph. 1:22-23 (sermon audio)

9/17/17 p.m. sermon

The church is the body of Christ.  Every member matters.  Every member has a purpose.  Every member must use their talents for the sake of the body.

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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.

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.

The Wonderful Word of God

God’s Word is a wonderful thing, and that is easily seen in the attitude of the writer of Psalm 119. Join me for a brief period of study of the longest chapter in the Bible.

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God, Grant Us Boldness to Speak

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, (Acts 4:29, ESV)

I really love what the apostles do here.  They’ve recently been commanded by the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem to no longer preach in the name of Jesus.  Of course their answer to that was a resounding, “No way.”  They had said in verse 20 that they couldn’t help but speak of what they had seen and heard.  They couldn’t help but preach about Jesus.  And later on in Chapter 5, they will tell the Jewish leaders that they had to obey God rather than men, and thus they must continue preaching about Jesus.

I love this little verse though.  How did they respond to the persecution that they were being faced with?  They didn’t ask that it be taken away.  Certainly they could have.  They could have asked God to protect them from the Jewish leaders, but what do they ask for?  They ask for boldness to speak the Word of God. 

Maybe we should take an example from the apostles today.  Too many of us, I’m afraid, are hesitant when it comes to speaking the Truth because we know that we are going to face persecution because of it.  In our increasingly sinful society, many people don’t want to hear God’s Word.  So it is my prayer that, come what may, we be given boldness to speak the Truth in the face of the persecution.

Father God in Heaven, hallowed be your name.  I ask you Father that you give all who wear the name of your son, all who are Christians, be granted boldness to speak the Truth of your holy Word, despite what persecutions may arise.  I pray that we have the same attitude that your apostles had when the church was still so young.  Lord, grant us boldness. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

I hope you will pray that prayer today as well.  Have a great day, and God bless.