Contributed on Jun 30, 2008
The mystery that Paul talks about is God’s plan to include everyone who wants to serve Him.
The Mystery In Christ Text: Eph. 3:1-13 Introduction 1. Illustration: Everybody loves a good mystery. My personal favorite is Sherlock Holmes. He would solve the most baffling cases using what he referred to as pure deductive reasoning. 2. The apostle Paul loved a good mystery too. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2008
In Christ, we have unlimited power at our disposal.
Power In Christ Text: Eph. 3:14-21 Introduction 1. The word "power" is defined as "the ability or capacity to perform or act effectively." 2. Recently, I did an internet search on the word "power," and it yielded 1,210,000,000 results. Do you think that people find power to be ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2008
It should be the desire of every Christian to work towards unity.
Unity In Christ Text: Eph. 4:1-10 Introduction 1. Illustration: A farmer noticed a highway department truck pulling over on to the shoulder of the road. A man got out and dug a hole, then got back into the truck. Then the other occupant got out, filled up the hole and got back in the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2008
Christ is building His church through the ministry of His people.
Being the Church In Christ Text: Eph. 4:11-16 Introduction 1. Illustration: A man called a pastor’s office at a church one day to inquire into membership in the church. He stated that he would not be able to get involved or anything, but he felt it was important to have some religious ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2008
If we are in Christ, we need to leave our old life behind us and embrace new life.
Living in Christ Part 1: Off With the Old and On With the New Text: Eph. 4:17-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: A good set of clothes make all the difference. A Methodist church tried to get a man to attend, but he never did. "Why don’t you come?" the minister asked, and the man finally ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2008
We must put forth an effort towards becoming fruitful.
Living In Christ Part 2: Bearing Fruit Text: Eph. 4:25-32 Introduction 1. Illustration: There are no short cuts to maturity. It takes years for us to grow to adulthood, and it takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. The same is true for the fruit of the Spirit. The development ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2008
We are called be lighthouses in a dark and stormy world.
Shinning Bright In Christ Text: Eph. 5:8-14 Introduction 1. Illustration: There is a story from one of Max Lucado’s books of a lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the century was quite wealthy but also quite frugal. The people were surprised, then, when she ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2008
Genuine followers of Christ are those whose lives show evidence of being guided and directed by the Holy Spirit.
Spirit-Filled Living In Christ Text: Eph. 5:15-20 Introduction 1. Illustration: In his article ’Celebrating God in Authentic Worship’, pastor Glenn Wagner (Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC) points out: "I believe that one of the most evangelistic tools the church possesses, one desperately ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2008
The secret to a happy family is following God’s instructions.
The Family In Christ Text: Eph. 5:21-6:4 Introduction 1. We often say that a marriage is made in heaven. In essence, this is true since God gave us the institution of marriage in Genesis 2. However, whenever you insert fallen human beings into anything, even something instituted by God, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 25, 2008
As Christians, we draw our true identity from being in Christ.
Your Identity In Christ Text: Eph. 6:5-9 Introduction 1. Illustration: You probably know Ted Giannoulas even if you’ve never heard his name. He has been the San Diego Chicken for 30 years. He originated the character as a college student, but Ted is getting older. At age 50, being the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2008
We are engaged in a spiritual battle, and we must hold our ground at all costs.
The Battle In Christ Text: Eph. 6:10-20 Introduction 1. Illustration: Video clip from the movie "Gettysburg." Scene 28. Key phrase, "We’ve got to hold it!" 2. It is fitting that this text, which may be one of the richest text in all of the New Testament, occurs at the end of Paul’s letter ...read more