Redemption And Forgiveness According To God’s Rich Grace—Ephesians 1:7

REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD

 

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 

 

What does “redemption” mean? The word has to do with slavery in the Roman Empire. During New Testament times, the Roman Empire had as many as six million slaves (out of something like 50 million people). These were people of all races and social classes…some were captives from war; others were people who had fallen into debt.

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Love The Church Like Christ Loves The Church—Ephesians 5:25-27

INTRODUCTION

 

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:25–27)

 

1) CHRIST LOVES THE CHURCH…

 

The main application of this passage, of course, is that husbands are to love our wives. But how? The same as Christ also loved the church. Well, how did Christ love the church? He loved her with a sacrificial love that led to her sanctification. Our focus in this part of the lesson will be on this special love that Christ has for His church. Christ loves the church…

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Giving Thanks Always For All Things — Ephesians 5.20

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:18–21)

 

1) FOUR LEVELS OF THANKFULNESS

 

What do you think is the hardest command in the Bible to obey? I think we have to give a high place on the list to Ephesians 5:20—give thanks for all things. That’s hard isn’t it? Oh, sure, when the things that happen to us are good, it’s easy to be thankful. But when things go bad? Well, not so much. Sometimes, it’s everything we can do to not be bitter or angry—to be thankful is just asking too much.

 

Adrian Rogers, a well-known Southern Baptist preacher who died in 2005, said that there were four levels of thankfulness. Which one are you? There are, first, the…

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Gracious Words—Ephesians 4:29

INTRODUCTION

 

I found a list of the top ten things that you shouldn’t say to a police officer if you get pulled over. Here are a few of them:

 

“You must have been doing at least 120 to keep up with me!”

 

“That’s great! The last police officer let me off with a warning, too!”

 

“Are you Andy or Barney?”

 

“I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer.”

 

“You’re…uhhh…you’re not gonna check the trunk, are ya?”

 

(http://www.itslikethis.org/what-not-to-say-to-a-police-officer/)

 

Our tongues can get us into trouble and easily hurt others, and the pain they cause doesn’t go away quickly. That’s why it’s important for us to learn what the Bible teaches about using our tongues.One of the best verses in the Bible to learn about using our tongue has to be Ephesians 4:29.

 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

 

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Beating Bitterness Out Of Your Heart—Ephesians 4:31-32

INTRODUCTION 

 

Once a man was attacked by a wild dog. The dog ripped his pants and bit him on the shin. He limped to his car and drove to the Emergency Room. There a doctor ran through the several tests that are necessary to diagnosis rabies. It took several hours, giving the man plenty of time to think about his life. 

 

Finally, the doctor reported that he did indeed have rabies. Without waiting for the doctor to continue, the man asked for a pen and paper. The doctor, assuming the man wanted to make out his will, explained that he had nothing to worry about, a few shots would take care of the rabies. “I’m not making out my will,” replied the man, “I’m making a list of people I want to bite before you cure me!” (adapted from http://www.itslikethis.org/beware-of-dog-and-man/)

 

Bitterness is a resentment that we feel towards another person that poisons our relationship so much that, we could do much worse than bite that person! 

 

In this lesson, we want to deal with what bitterness is, what it does, why we should flee from it and how to do so. First, we start with…

 

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Tear Down Or Build Up?—Ephesians 4:29

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Have you ever stuck your tongue to cold metal in the winter? 

 

When I was a kid, my teacher told us students how his son went sledding down the hill straight toward the barb-wire fence at the bottom. He hit the fence in such a way that he actually bit the wire (thankfully, between the barbs). 

 

Since it was cold, however, his tongue stuck to the wire. Our teacher said that some people had their tongues stuck to cold metal and had yanked them off, leaving a bit of their tongues to the metal. 

 

He wanted to teach us the easy way that he got his son’s tongue unstuck—he breathed on it and the warm air of his breath freed his son’s tongue.

 

Being the scientifically-minded boy I was, I decided to replicate this experiment at home. Would my tongue really stick to a piece of cold metal and, if it did, would breathing on it release me from it? 

 

I found the perfect piece of metal in the barnyard—the latch for the chain of the barnyard gate. I went up to it and bravely stuck my tongue to it—sure enough, my tongue did indeed stick. It really does work! 

 

Then I performed part two of the experiment and started exhaling on it. After a moment or two, I had success! My tongue easily came off from the latch.

 

I paused to consider my success when I noticed a side effect: my tongue stung. It wasn’t a great pain, but it was noticeable and quite disturbing, especially when eating. My tongue stung for hours or maybe days after that—I don’t remember. All I remember was regretting sticking my tongue to cold metal.

 

Our tongues can get us into trouble and easily hurt others, and the pain they cause doesn’t go away quickly. That’s why it’s important for us to learn what the Bible teaches about using our tongues.

 

The Bible has a lot to say about how we use our tongues. They can be used to tear down people, and they can be used to build up people. It’s important that we follow the Bible’s instruction and save ourselves and others a lot of pain. 

 

One of the best verses in the Bible to learn about using our tongue has to be Ephesians 4:29. You will clearly see the division in the text: First, what not to say and, second, what we should say. Let’s call the first part…

 

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Sermon: Praying Warriors

We’ve seen in these last verses of Ephesians the great spiritual war that every Christian is involved in. The devil and his demons are enemies that we cannot hope to defeat ourselves. We need help. We need the armor of God to protect us.

We said that putting on the armor of God is a matter of depending humbly on God. But how do we depend on God? It’s to that question that we turn to next.

Our dependence on God comes from praying. We fight against Satan by praying. We are praying warriors.

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