Becoming Your Best Self
In the second half of Ephesians 4 we see Paul picking up on the theme he introduced in verse 1 - "to live a life worthy of the calling you have received". In the first half of the chapter he speaks about Christian unity. As he continues in this passage he shifts his focus to Christian purity. In this talk we think about why and how Christians change as we consider Paul's two main emphases of knowing who you are in Christ, and then being who you are in Christ.
Inside, Outside, Wide, High & Deep
At the centre of Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3 is the indescribable love of Christ. In this sermon we explore the width, length, height and depth of that love and see why the apostle so earnestly prays for believers to comprehend it.
How do you deal with deep-seated hostility between different groups of people? Our country is one with a history of such hostility. A long history of racial segregation and apartheid created many barriers between different groups that persist up to the present day. Does Scripture speak to such issues? In Ephesians 2:11-22 we get to see how Paul applies the gospel work of Christ to deep historic hostilities that existed between Jews and Gentiles. By studying his words we can learn much about how the gospel tears down the wall of hostility in our churches today, creating a new humanity made up of a racially and ethnically diverse group of people.
Alive with Christ
This is the third talk in our Ephesians sermon series.
In this passage we consider the concept of slavery to our inner desires in the light of Paul's description of people as "dead in their sins' and the hope of the new life that Christ's resurrection makes possible.
What do you pray for when you pray? What are you chief priorities in prayer?
The things we pray about say a lot about the depth of our spiritual maturity. RoRobert Murray McCheyne once said: "What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more."
In this passage we see one of Paul's most famous prayer, and we get to see his main priority - that we would know God better.
In this sermon we ask two questions: why pray to know God better, and what particularly about God should we be knowing better?
This is the second sermon in our Ephesians sermon. Unfortunately there is no recording of the sermon for Ephesians 1:1-14.