October 16, 2016
Here in week 2, we are beginning to look at the incomparable position we have "In Christ". Plus, I ask for a show of hands of how many people have ever drag raced - sorry there's no video!
October 30, 2016
This time we stayed in the same passage (1:3-14) but took it a level deeper. Like Shrek said - it's like an onion! Anyway... there is so much depth in this passage, I couldn't resist spending some time looking at Blessings, Predestination, and Redemption. Enjoy!
November 6, 2016
This time we move ahead to look at verses 15-16. Our focus this week was on the value of looking at Paul's "prayers for believers" found in his letters. They are a good checklist for us to notice - kind of a spiritual health checkup! We also see what Paul commends them for...what would he commend US for?
November 13, 2016
Today we move just a bit farther into Eph.1. We are looking at the things that Paul prays for the believers there and we'll see that he wants them to know God better. Well that's kind of a no-brainer, right? But we'll dig into that a bit anyway and we'll end up talking about HOPE. The hope we have in Christ that much of the world is sadly lacking.
November 20, 2016
This time we finish looking at Paul's prayer for the believers there in Ephesus. Last time we talked about HOPE. This time we will discover that GOD has an inheritance! And the third thing Paul prays for is about the Holy Spirit's power to be understood by the believers. It's no small power!
November 27, 2016
Today we are in Ephesians Ch.2 as we see where Paul goes after sharing about the amazing realities of being "In Christ" and Christ's exalted position... and then there's us! Before Christ or without Christ, we are in a world of hurt! The transition from old to new, though is an amazing thing!
December 4, 2016
We continued this week to study the first part of Ephesians ch.2. We got to see and talk about the "old to new" slides that failed us last week. Christ HAS indeed radically improved us! We go on to talk then about 2 of the most important verses in the Bible about salvation... verses 2:8-9.
December 11, 2016
We narrow in on verse 10 of Ephesians 2 this time. We take a look at what God has done IN you and then what God has planned and wants to do THROUGH you. Do you know what God made you to do?
December 18, 2016
On this last Sunday before Christmas, we continue our time in Ephesians ch.2. This time we delve into understanding a division in the world (Jews and not-jews) and prepare ourselves to understand what Jesus did to mend that rift, which we'll look at after Christmas.
January 22, 2017 This week we begin chapter 3. Paul heads off on a rabbit trail of sorts as he talks about the "mystery" and his "mission". The mystery is to be celebrated... the mission contains a pretty radical way to view evangelism!
January 29, 2017 Today in our last session of the first half (the teaching half) of Ephesians we see Paul's second prayer for the believers there. His first prayer focused on things he wanted them to KNOW, this one focuses on how he wants them to BE.
February 5, 2017 Sorry, but our recording of this one failed. Please listen to the following one, I'll include a recap of this week's message.
February 19, 2017 Today in Ephesians 4 we cover the second half of Paul's emphasis on unity. Is this a spiritual gifts passage or is it about something else? Here we find a call to serve in the church and to train up others to serve.
February 26, 2017 There has been lots to mull over already in Eph.4 and we're not done yet! We saw the focus on UNITY, Paul added to that the concept of MATURITY... and this week he focuses on PURITY. Are you living in the Dark or in the Light... putting on the New Self of the Old Self?
March 5, 2017 Sometimes it's nice to have a good practical list of things to do and not do from God! That's what we find in our 4th foray into Ephesians 4. Here we have practical teaching on lying, anger, stealing and our attitudes and words. All useful input on how to live life in the Light!
March 19, 2017 This week Paul revisits the metaphor of dark and light... with a little fruit thrown in! But we spend the bulk of our time talking about the difference between wisdom and foolishness and even the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
March 26, 2017 Today, in the middle of ch.5 we cover 2 different subjects as Paul is continuing to help them (and us) grasp what live life in the light is like. First we talk about being "under the influence" of the Holy Spirit because Paul is essentially commanding it. That leads us into a discussion of being filled with the Holy Spirit versus being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Are they the same of different?
April 2, 2017 Let me apologize in advance for the wonky audio on this! I had my wife share part and her wireless mic batteries died! That being said, this message from Ephesians 5 is about the marriage relationship - submission for wives and sacrificial love for the husbands!
April 9, 2017 Today we finish up Paul's teaching on Godly submission. This time he talks to kids and to parents as well as to workers and bosses. All this continues to help us understand what it means and the value of Paul's statement "submit to one another out of reverence for Christ".
April 23, 2017 We are just about to start the section in Ephesians 6 on the armor of God. But hold on now... do you know why we NEED armor and weapons? We have an enemy! This morning I explain from scripture the origins and identity of our enemy.
May 7, 2017 This week we finish our discussion of the armor of God as we look at our offensive weaponry. We know Paul mentions the Sword of the Spirit - the Bible... but is prayer part of the armor too?
May 14, 2017 In this, our last week in the book of Ephesians, we focus in on 6:18 in particular and see what you could call Paul's Primer on Prayer. He makes 6 brief but great points on prayer that can truly enhance our prayer life!
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