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Red Carpet Christianity: A Summary and Conclusion to the Book of Ephesians

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Since September our church has studied the book of Ephesians. This week, we finished the sermon series with a summary and reflection on Paul's letter. In particular, I argued that the gospel creates communities of faith that learn how to walk together in love. It's this love that displays the wisdom of God to the world and that builds up the individual Christian. To turn ...

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Let Us Hold the Truth with Love

"In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity." Rupertus Meldenius, 1627 Throughout the ages of church history it has been necessary for Christians to practice theological discernment. How does one discern between orthodoxy and heresy? Are you my brother or sister in Christ? Is my brother in error and in need of correction, or is this an iss...

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Stand Firm

Summary and sermon discussion notes for Ephesians 6:10-20....

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“As Unto the Lord”: Work with Christ at the Center (Ephesians 6:5

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Paul is unashamedly Christ-centered. And it seems that in whatever subject he is discussing, he brings it back to the Lord who saved him and commissioned him to preach his gospel. On this note, we see in Ephesians 6:59 how Paul teaches us to bring Christ to work. In five verses written to slaves and masters, he gives us at least five motivations for the workplace. While w...

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Parents Worthy of Their Calling

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Last November in our study of Ephesians, after considering how Paul established our identity and position in Christ Jesus, we turned to a consideration of "walking worthy of our calling." We looked at walking worthy in unity and maturity, walking in God's love, walking in the light of Christ, and walking wisely by the Spirit of wisdom. Walking by the Spirit of wisdom mark...

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The Final Days of Jesus: A 40-Day Reading Guide

This week marks 40 days until Resurrection Sunday. While some celebrate with Lentand others do not, we should all prepare our hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. To help in that endeavor, let me encourage you to pick up and readThe Final Days of Jesusby Andreas Kstenberger and Justin Taylor. A few years ago I put together a 40-day read...

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“In the Lord”: Children, Obedience, and the Gospel (Ephesians 6:1

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In Ephesians Paul calls the church to walk in wisdom by the power of the Spirit. This includes children. And in this week's sermon, we saw how children in the Lord (believing children) are motivated to obey and honor their parents. Indeed, in only three verses (Ephesians 6:13) there are a lot of things to consider, especially with the way Paul uses Exodus 20:12 to motivat...

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How to Apply the Land Promise to Children: A Case Study in Ephesians 6:1

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In Ephesians 6:13 Paul calls believing children (i.e., childrenin the Lord)to obey (v. 1) and honor (v. 2) their parents. In verse 1, Paul gives the motivation, "for this is right," and in verses 23, he motivates children with the fifth commandment, 'the first commandment with a promise.' And importantly, the promise says, "that it may go well with you and that you may liv...

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The Drama of Marriage: What Christ and the Church Teaches Husbands and Wives (Ephesians 5:22

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Few things in life are more delightful and more difficult than marriage. And this week, as our church, returned to the book of Ephesians we picked up Paul's Christ-centered teaching on marriage. You can find the sermon online. Below there are discussion questions with additional resources that include some preliminary thoughts on marriage that fed into this weeks sermon. ...

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The Enduring Goodness of Marriage

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With his characteristic biblical insight and cultural engagement, Tim Keller's book on marriage,The Meaning of Marriage,is filled with wisdom and encouragement. Aimed at marrieds and singles considering marriage (and singles who have sworn off the institution), Keller provides a helpful look at God's design for marriage. Importantly, he spends the first chapter considerin...

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