Part 2 of 2 in the Family Prayers series from Ephesians...We have been moving through the book of Ephesians for last 6 months and have arrived at prayers..
Sermon Category: Ephesians
In this chapter of Ephesians, Paul explains the mystery of the Gospel - that believing Jews and believing Gentiles are joined together into one body of Christ, into one Church, and no longer separated before God as such.
We have been moving through the book of Ephesians for last 6 months. We have arrive at the beautiful section where Paul discusses prayer. Notice the priority of praise. We want this to shape our families, our church, and our life.
Matt looks at the very familiar passage in Ephesians that talks about what we really have in a sort of capsule form of the contents of Ephesians. Our salvation is the result of sovereign grace, redeeming grace, God's grace. Nothing that we can boast about.
This morning we will be studying in Ephesians chapter 2 and we will be focusing on verse 10. Last week, we look at how to be saved and this week we will be looking at how to know we are saved.
We've been walking through the book of Ephesians for the last 5 months or so and we will begin at verse 11. This section is about gospel unity - unity in the church, particularly the oneness that occurs because of Jesus.
We are going to explore the subject of Christ as our Peace. We used to be strangers, without hope and we had a bleak picture apart from Christ. The point of remembering is to rejoice in the power of the Gospel.
We have been in the deep waters of theology for the last several months and have seen the highest doctrines that make our minds sure, and here we are getting down to application in Paul's letter.
Last week, we looked at our great salvation and found that we were bound by a threefold chain: the chain of the world (worldview), the chain of demonic influence (the prince of the power of the air), and the chain of the flesh (passions and lust/desires). We are all offspring of Adam...[listen to the sermon]
In the next few weeks, we will be exploring the 2nd chapter of Ephesians. Paul starts the second chapter by offering a contrast between the way were were in our lost state and the way we are in Christ.
As Christians, we are recipients of God's power. It's towards us who believe. To be a Christian is to be a supernatural recipient, by God, of His power. Without a mind change or a heart change, we have a false view. Christianity without power looks like emotionalism and decisionalism...
We see Paul's priority in prayer in the following verses, the second half of this chapter. Paul is praying for the church. The way someone prays shows their priorities, and Paul is praying that the churches at Ephesus would know God more, have a deeper knowledge of God...