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Sermons on Ephesians

the necessity of grace

The Necessity of Grace

After his crisis of faith Wesley comes to understand that we do not have to prove our love for God or win divine favor but that good works are our response to God sanctifying our lives and an expression of gratitude and the fruits of the spirit. Wesley believed passionately that God longs for humans to know the love and grace of the Creator, and for those who responded, he had a discipleship development plan. (Ephesians 2:1-10).

Modeling Faith

Modeling Faith

Put on the whole armor of God, says Paul as he wraps up his letter to the Ephesians. Paul substitutes non-violent images in the place of the normal weapons of violence. How are we using this armor today? What does it mean to stand up and be a Christian wearing shoes of peace and wielding the word of God during the presidential candidate race this fall? (Ephesians 6:10-20)

Spirit-Filled

Spirit-Filled

We don’t need alcohol to get us singing. Being full of the spirit can have the same result: a spirit of joy, of celebration, of creativity. There’s something special about a group of people singing together with gusto, and becoming interconnected as one body. To sing our praises in the darkness, as well as in the light, is to express hope. (Ephesians 5:15-20)

Words Matter

Words Matter

There’s a well-known saying that says “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.” We however know that words can hurt and harm us. Have you ever been the subject of gossip, or a rumor? Where something either untrue or unkind was said about you? And then spread around your community without your knowledge? And when you did know, you were powerless to stop it? Or have you ever had something said to your face that really hurt you? It’s not a nice feeling, is it? Unkind words hurt. (Ephesians 4:25-5:2)

Preserving Unity

Preserving Unity

We have a variety of gifts and diversity here today in our local community and in this church from our backgrounds, our convictions, our language, and our culture. Instead of seeing it as a problem or a threat, diversity is an opportunity for service and enrichment. The times that I have grown most in my faith, when I have matured in Christ, have been the times when I have been with people that are not like me. And it is not easy. But it is enriching. I can choose to approach a situation and say “I am right. I have the only correct point of view.” Or I can listen. And say “tell me your story.” And inevitably, I find my horizons being broadened and my narrow-mindedness being challenged. (Ephesians 4:1-16)

Dismantling Walls

Dismantling Walls

Walls, fences, gates, partitions and other ingeniously constructed barriers serve many functions. The walls of our homes provide us with shelter, security and privacy. Yet other walls can imprison, divide and isolate, and lead to grief and violence. We put a lot of effort into maintaining our walls and keeping them in good repair. After a while, we do not even see them and we no longer question them. The Christians in Ephesus had also erected walls that divided them, and Paul writes to them with good news. (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Abundant Freedom

Abundant Freedom

Large amounts of unexpected money have the capacity to change our lives. But what about our faith? What about those blessings that Paul was so excited about that his prayer came out in one long sentence? How has the abundant freedom that we have in Christ changed our lives? Are we living our lives reflecting our changed circumstances so that the world can see and hear us and is changed by the difference in us? And what do you think that abundant freedom means for us as a congregation? (Ephesians 1:3-14)