Sermon Transcripts

I Did Not Come To Bring Peace, But a Sword Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Jesus Christ was and is the dividing line that separates all of humanity. How the Gospel United the Jews and Gentiles in the Early Church Though the gulf between them was wide and deep, the gospel of Jesus Christ united the Jews and Gentiles in the early church. How Can We Neglect So Great a Salvation? How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? The law provides little more than retribution, but Christ gives eternal life. The Relationship Between Jews and Gentiles In the Bible The relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the Bible was hostile by the New Testament. Paul knew that disunity in Ephesus was possible. We Are Saved By Grace Through Faith In Jesus Christ We are saved by grace through faith because there can be no other way. Dead men can’t do a thing to help themselves. Jesus Is Superior To Angels We don’t worship the angels. We don’t worship any part of God’s creation. We worship Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Lord. Having the Eyes of Your Hearts Enlightened The essence of Paul’s prayer for believers is this: “Lord, I don’t want your people continually searching for what they already possess.” The Doctrine of Justification By Faith (Part 2) It’s important that we never separate these two aspects of our justification. 1) Christ put on our filthy rags. 2) He puts on us his robe of righteousness. The Doctrine of Justification By Faith (Part 1) How can sinners be justified before God? What hope can we have if all the world is guilty before God? Paul’s answer is, “The just shall live by faith.” Predestined To An Eternal Inheritance According to the counsel of his will, God is moving history toward its resolution. Like any good author, he knew the end before he penned the first word. Redemption Through the Blood of Christ The pure, innocent blood of Christ was able to pay for our freedom. We owed a debt that only God could afford, and he paid it with his own blood. The Doctrine of Election Paul lays out God the Father’s role in our salvation. He describes what God has done in the past to redeem his people. It’s the very beginning of salvation. The Supremacy of Jesus Christ God himself in the flesh came to this earth. Through Jesus Christ, we have the clearest manifestation of both God’s will and his person. The Responsibilities of Church Pastors Church elders must commit to serving God and studying his Word. It’s a remarkably simple formula that leads to spiritual prosperity. 6 Characteristics of Effective Church Leaders Using himself as an example, Paul shows us that his success in Ephesus was simply the fruit of his personal commitment to God and his Word. God Remembers the Silent Servants God sees every quiet deed. He knows the so-called silent servants among us. In fact, God’s the one working through them as they serve others. 3 Appearances of Christ After His Death The resurrection of Christ is the very heart of what we believe as Christians. To think otherwise is to deny both Christ and the gospel. The Pure Praise of Psalm 150 When believers recognize the greatness of God, it causes our affection for him to spill out from our hearts, and that is the essence of worship. When the Church Sparked a Riot If the church is willing to put her lamp on a stand rather than hide it under a basket, we will be effective despite the darkness of this world. Fighting the Devil With the Word of God As a result of Paul’s faithfulness to preach the gospel, the believers’ determination, and God’s power at work, God’s Word prevailed mightily. The Jewish Roots of the Church at Ephesus In a Gentile city, God was slowly moving Jews away from the Old Covenant to the New. He was laying the first stones of the Church at Ephesus. New Sermon Series: Ephesians I have always profoundly anticipated my future study and teaching of Ephesians. Thankfully, the time has finally come. Remember God Before It’s Too Late Ecclesiastes is an evangelistic call to believe in God and have faith in his plans and purposes. The Preacher lifts our sights above secular life. How To Be a Godly Man of Strength As we think about what it means to be strong, we must set aside conventional wisdom. The Bible has a much different prescription for strength. Fulfilling the Great Commission (Part 2) Do you believe Christ is the Sovereign King? Do you believe God gave him all authority? If so, Jesus says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Fulfilling the Great Commission (Part 1) There is no reason to fear the task of acting as Christ’s ambassadors. As the born-again people of God, the Spirit has equipped us for this very role. Despite the Frustrating Enigmas of Life The world is full of paradoxes and vexations that we can’t begin to understand because we’re not God. The secret is to accept life for what it is. Embrace Your Suffering and Study Death What happens when the good, easy days of life have passed and adversity comes? Faith is the answer, but can faith even endure the troubles we face? We Can’t Buy Satisfaction Or Eternal Life Money does not equal contentment and death is inevitable. You can’t buy your way into satisfaction, and you can’t buy your way out of mortality. 10 Characteristics of the Early Church Before any of the problems, Acts 2 describes the church as it was in the beginning. Acts 2:42-47 provides us with a simple formula to follow. For What Did God Save Us? Once God decided to sovereignly choose a people for salvation, what did he have in mind for us? What did he expect? What’s the objective? The Miseries of Wealth and Materialism Wealth in a purely secular context leads to misery. The problem is that the secular mind assumes that wealth and joy invariably go together. They don’t. Remembering Christ In a Sacred Supper The Lord’s Supper is not an empty ritual. The bread and the wine are intended to be vivid illustrations that direct our hearts to Christ. Approaching God With Fear and Reverence How can we, finite creatures, approach Almighty God? How do we seek his help and friendship? How do we go to him?