Sermon: Christian, Who Are You?

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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:3–6)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Who are you? Do you know?

 

Maybe you say, “I am a Christian.” Well good, that’s a great answer! So let me ask you this: Who are you as a Christian? Stumped? Let’s see what this passage in Ephesians has to tell us.



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Sermon: Believer’s Baptism

 

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I. MY BAPTISM STORY

Iʼve been baptized three times (some of you probably wondered why I am all wet). As an infant still in the hospital, I was not expected to live long, so a priest came and baptized me. I would know nothing of this baptism until the day before my second baptism when I was finally told about it.

When I was saved, I had a limited knowledge about Christianity, much less about what the different denominations taught. I attended a Lutheran Church after I was saved. After witnessing a baptism, I felt the need to be baptized—which meant that I was sprinkled, of course.

I attended for 3 years a Lutheran Bible college. In my Junior year, I began to question Lutheran theology, and I did not return for my Senior year. Over the next two years, the baptism issue smoldered on the back burner.

Then I was typing the constitution for First Baptist Church in Bemidji, MN, and after reading carefully the statement on baptism, I did not feel that I had been baptized scripturally, and so finally, I was baptized by immersion Lake Bemidji (pronounced Burr-midji).

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Sermon: Grace and Peace to the Faithful Saints In Christ

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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:1–2)

I. THE AUTHOR: PAUL, GOD’S CHOSEN AMBASSADOR

Ephesians 1:1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

1 Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ διὰ θελήματος Θεοῦ, τοῖς ἁγίοις τοῖς οὖσιν ἐν Ἐφέσῳ, καὶ πιστοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ·

We begin a new journey through a new book of the Bible. The term “book” is somewhat misleading, because it’s really a letter, not a book.

Ephesians was originally a letter written by a man named Paul, who wrote, not as some great thinker making up things as he wrote, but as he was “moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20–21). These are God’s words that we are looking at here, don’t forget that.

Unlike most letters today, letters in the ancient Biblical world began with the writer’s name, thus we read…

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God” — Who was Paul?

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Sermon: The Activities Of A Church, Part 3

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INTRODUCTION

What are the activities of the church? One list might go like this:

(1) Preaching and Teaching
(2) Evangelism, Missions, and Outreach
(3) Worship
(4) Prayer
(5) Discipleship
(6) Shepherding
(7) Building Up Families
(8) Training
(9) Giving
(10) Fellowship (MacArthur, Master’s Plan For The Church)

All of these have a New Testament basis. All of these are what every church should be doing. What do you think this church does well? What do you think this church needs to improve upon?

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Sermon: The Activities Of A Church, Part 2

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INTRODUCTION

What are the activities of the church? One list might go like this:

(1) Preaching and Teaching
(2) Evangelism, Missions, and Outreach
(3) Worship
(4) Prayer
(5) Discipleship
(6) Shepherding
(7) Building Up Families
(8) Training
(9) Giving
(10) Fellowship (MacArthur, Master’s Plan For The Church)

All of these have a New Testament basis. All of these are what every church should be doing. What do you think this church does well? What do you think this church needs to improve upon?

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Sermon: The Activities Of A Church, Part 1

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INTRODUCTION

What are the activities of the church? One list might go like this:

(1) Preaching and Teaching
(2) Evangelism, Missions, [and Outreach]
(3) Worship
(4) Prayer
(5) Discipleship
(6) Shepherding
(7) Building Up Families
(8) Training
(9) Giving
(10) Fellowship (MacArthur, Master’s Plan For The Church)

All of these have a New Testament basis. All of these are what every church should be doing. What do you think this church does well? What do you think this church needs to improve upon?

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