Contributed on Feb 11, 2014
The reconciliation we see today due to Christ's death has both a horizontal and vertical aspect to it. Vertically God has reconciled all mankind to himself, and horizontally he has reconciled all mankind to each other through the blood of Christ.
“I Am Reconciled” (Eph 2:11-22) Here’s the attitude of the first century Jewish religious man: “Thank you God for not making me a Gentile, and thank you God for not making me a female”. The pious Jew was ever aware of the privilege they had inherited, and frankly ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2014
Why not use this Lenten season to work on your relationship with Christ, to invest as much in this most important relationship, as you do in other relationships in your life, so that you can feel like the new you is rising with Him at Easter.
“I Am New” (Ephesians 4:17-24) How many of you have a hard time throwing old things, especially clothes, away? Maybe you hold on to them thinking some day I’ll lose some weight and be able to fit into that again. Or maybe its gone out of style but you know that like most ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2014
What do you think would happen if you were an athlete and you knew that you had already won the game before you even started? How do you think that would affect your performance? Would you go through the motions? Would you try even harder?
“I Am Victorious” (Eph 6:10-20) What do you think would happen if you were an athlete and you knew that you had already won the game before you even started? How do you think that would affect your performance? Would you go through the motions? Would you try even ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2014
Some say that you could do all your biblical counselling from Ephesians alone. This is said because Paul, in Ephesians, places so much emphasis on our identity being in Christ alone. As Christians, we live from our identity, not for it.
“I Am a Saint in Christ” (Eph 1:1-2, Phil 1:19-29) Some say that you could do all your biblical counselling from Ephesians alone. This is said because Paul, in Ephesians, places so much emphasis on our identity being in Christ alone. As Christians, we live from our identity, not for ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2014
One of my questions for us today is whether or not we see our Christianity as an affliction, and can we relate to the identity of being afflicted because of the mystery of Christ that we have been exposed to?
“I Am Afflicted” (Eph 3:1-13) Sometimes we can read too much into passages of the bible to make them personal, that they relate to us specifically when they’re not meant to. As we read about Paul today and his afflictions, you might say, “well that was for Paul, how do ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2014
As living tributes to Jesus our lives should always point to Him. All the credit goes to Him. And all the rewards of our inheritance with Christ can be ours. The ultimate reward of course being in the presence of God for eternity, and perhaps hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant.
“I Am Rewarded” (Eph 6:1-9) Here’s how our passage begins today, “Children obey your parents, honor your mother and father, this is the first commandment with a promise that it might go well with you and that you may live long in the land”. There’s one ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2014
What goes through your mind when you think of prayer?
“I Am Heard” (Eph 3:14-21) What goes through your mind when you think of prayer? If I were to say at the beginning of the service that we are not going to have any music or sermon or anything else this morning, we are just going to pray together for an hour, what would you’re ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2014
What is Christ’s gift? Well it’s the spoils of his victory over sin and death. We know that he has all authority in heaven and on earth, he has inherited all of creation. So the measure of his gift is unlimited.
“I Am Gifted” (Eph 4:1-16) One of my best friends when I was growing up played hockey with me. We did everything together. Played army at construction sites, floor hockey in his huge basement, tobogganed on the hill behind his house, rode dirtbikes, went to the same school. He ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2014
The blessings we have in Christ help make up our spiritual identity.
“I Am Blessed” (Eph 1:3-14) We can read our passage today and it reads like any good section of the New Testament, very nice introduction to the letter he writes to the Ephesian church. But what you can’t get from just reading the English written word here is how absolutely ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2014
Living in our identity as appreciated saints.
“I Am Appreciated” (Ephesians 1:15-23) In a series called “I Am” when we’re talking about ourselves, I realize there’s a danger of our egos getting involved, especially when the title is “I Am Appreciated”. But remember Paul is talking to people ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2014
Come and claim the identity of saved in Christ, but we can’t trifle with a very serious, loving, and severe God. Saved children of God are known by their fruit.
“I Am Saved” (Eph 2:1-10) True or false, is this is a verse from the bible, “God helps those who help themselves”. False, in fact the bible says the exact opposite, God helps the helpless. And according to our passage in Ephesians today we are all helpless and hopeless ...read more