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Summary: A continuing study on the Book of Ephesians

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Sermon preached by Pastor Larry C. Brincefield on 12/15/04 at Belleview Church of the Nazarene

Title: A Glimpse of the Pastor’s Heart

Text: Ephesians 1:17-19a

Introduction

1. Last week, we looked at what warms a Pastor’s heart…

Paul had spent about 3 years with the Ephesian Church…

And as he is writing this letter, we see that what warms Paul’s heart…

Is the same thing that has warmed pastors’ hearts down through the centuries…

hearing about their people’s faith, out in the community…

and hearing about their people’s love one for another…

2. Paul’s heart is so warmed by what he has heard…

that commentators agree that this is perhaps what motivated Paul to write them….

And as we continue our study in Ephesians tonight…

Paul gives us another glimpse of a Pastor’s heart.

Read Text: Ephesians 1:17-19a

Body

1. A Pastor Prays for His People to have Wisdom

A. As we get a glimpse of Paul’s heart…

We see that he prays for the people…

He prays that the Ephesian Christians will have wisdom…

Obviously, he is not hoping that they will all go to college and get an education…

To increase their IQ…

Instead he is talking about their SQ…

Their SPIRITUAL quotient.

Spiritual wisdom doesn’t come through the same channels that worldly wisdom does…

Not that we can’t benefit spiritually when we go to a college or university…

Particularly one of our Christian colleges or universities…

B. But the education comes about through increased knowledge about God…

And how do we know more about God?...

Through Scripture reading…

Prayer…

Hearing the teachings of the Bible in a public worship service…

Things like that help our wisdom to grow.

Show me a Christian who doesn’t like to read the Bible…

Or spend time in prayer…

Or make his/her way into the House of the Lord for worship…

And I will show you a “Christian” who isn’t much of a Christian!

So Paul makes it a point to pray that God will give them a spirit of wisdom….

And God will answer that prayer as we endeavor to apply ourselves to that end.

2. A Pastor Prays for His People to have revelation from God

A. As we grow closer to the Lord…

As our spiritual wisdom increases…

God reveals new truth to us.

We learn more about Him…

About His nature…

About His will…

About His ways…

B. We open our hearts…

And through various methods…

Like those we’ve just mentioned…

God reveals new and wonderful things to us.

C. And God checks out what we do with that fresh revelation…

He’s got His eye on you!

He wants to see your level of obedience to new revelation of God’s will…

He wants to see your level of desire to serve Him in new and better ways…

He wants to see if you will be faithful over this new truth.

And when we show ourselves responsible…

And “revelation worthy”…

He will be more inclined to continue to reveal new and wonderful things about Himself…

D. Remember the parable of the talents?

That principle is at work in God’s revealing things to His people…

If they are faithful with the revelation that God gives them…

He will give them more.

E. Paul tells them that the reason he is praying this way for them…


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