Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), p. 228, Firwood Church,300 Middleton Road,Westwood,Oldham, OL9 6JH And so our prayer is that he would be glorified in our lives, in the Church and, indeed, in this church. But, we still arent to the limit: Now to Him who is able to do far more a… Oct 19, 2010. For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Paul wants us to remember and to see, feel and respond to the majesty of God displayed in the creation of the Church. It passeth the knowledge of natural and unloving men. Scripture: Ephesians 3:8–10, Ephesians 3:20–21. Paul wants us to remember all of this that we might feel the wonder of the gospel. And this must have an effect on the way that we live. Sermon Ephesians 1:3-14 The Mystery of His Will Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Dr. Randy L. Hyde Context, context, context. "By the time I knew Pandy she was not a particularly attractive doll. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has … Verse 19 takes us to the edge when it speaks of knowing (lit., knowing through experience) "the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge." It shows no color, sprouts no bud because it is severed from the root. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. There are three words that need to touch our minds and souls. Here is this professor of theology, the Apostle Paul, who studied deeply the implications of the cross, where Jesus became his substitute. None of us are worthy to be God's servants, but God has not only saved us by grace, but he has chosen to use us by grace. Jesus himself reminds us that to become his disciple is a risky and costly thing, Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…”. Throughout his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul has been careful to demonstrate the grace of God at work through the gospel towards those who are his. It was a package deal. It is the blazing light of the glory of God’s grace which inspires Paul to continue, it is ‘For this reason…’. These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 23 January 2011 at Firwood Church. 3:1-13 (ESV) For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-  assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,  how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Whether we are called to preach, teach, lead worship, work with the young people, serve others or evangelize, the calling and the ability is all a result of the grace and mercy of God displayed and poured out in and through Christ Jesus. I pray, with the Apostle Paul, that God would pour out his grace by his Spirit and that he would use these next four weeks to prepare his people that we ‘may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God’ (Ephesians 3:19). C. In Romans 11:33 he speaks of the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. HE WAS A MOST CELEBRATED PRISONER. I pray that, as we unpack the deep and profound truths of this passage, the Spirit of God would awaken us in order that we might receive all that Paul prays for us: strength, love, power and all surpassing revelation of Christ Jesus. God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Each of us is called to sacrifice our priorities: ambition, comfort, security, safety, and life for the sake of Christ Jesus. C. Indeed, Paul’s first imprisonment in Roman was as a direct result of Paul’s involvement in the Jewish/Gentile controversy. You are also "firmly established in love," says Paul, and this time he uses a word from architecture. 1) Power through the Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-16) 2) Power through the Son (Ephesians 3:17a), and 3) Power through the Father’s Love (Ephesians 3:17b–21). The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. (John 3:16). A. And so Paul moves himself centre stage not because he is trying to usurp the glory of God, but rather because, as a recipient of grace, he is a vessel in and through whom the glorious grace of God is revealed and made known. New International Version Update. ), Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), p. 240-242. It is not because of our intrinsic worth, but because he is infinitely worthy. I personally believe that: Satan would rather have me witness than pray. Ephesians 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Paul was a minister (servant) by God's grace. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. The Gospel teaches that even a murderer and persecutor of Christians, like the Apostle Paul himself, can become a church planter and Pastor. Verses 2 through to 13 are, in effect, one prolonged digression and bridges the gap between the Apostle Paul’s celebration of the glory of the grace of God in the formation of the church and his subsequent prayer for that same church. There is trace of self-pity or regret. It is rather "the hidden man of the heart" (1 Peter 3:4); the man "created after God" (Ephesians 4:24) in righteousness and holiness; the interior principle of spiritual life; the personification of out' intellectual and spiritual life, with its impulses, its feelings, its struggles. Ephesians 3:1-13: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics "the Prisoner Of Jesus Christ." He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover), Discover the Hope You're Looking for In God's Word, by Lloyd Stilley on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. […] I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles. Paul’s focus here is not on the grace of Apostleship or ministry, but on the grace of God embodied and proclaimed in the gospel. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Want to get in touch? I feel this way because God is the all-powerful God of the universe. Sermon Ephesians 3:14-21 Grounded in Love Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists By Dr. Keith Wagner Ephesians 3:14-21 If you have been to Yosemite or Sequoia National Park you have enjoyed the beauty of … Ephesians 3:19: Christ's Love, Known and Unknown: G. Brooks. We celebrate Epiphany on January 6 as that time when God came into the world as a man named Jesus. How Can We Be Clothed with Power? In his dignified British manner he replied, Madam, can you think of anything in your life that is big to God? God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed." I. Brothers, sisters - this is the most important fact that can be said of you, a fact that changes everything. Now this fact alone will bless you profoundly even if all it is to you is a fact. Paul sees the same miraculous grace of God at work in Corinth, Galatia, Philippi, Colossae and, indeed, everywhere. From the noble idea of the elevation of the heathen to equal privileges with the Jews, the apostle proceeds to a second prayer for the Ephesian converts, in which he rises to still greater elevation of thought. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. So in v. 18-20, he asks the Father to give you what it takes to make the jump from head to heart. 1. Ephesians 3:15 . SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 3 Sermons. Ephesians 3:1-13. "There's something in all of us that cannot be naturally loved. "THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY." Instructions for Christian Households (). The word for able describes focused effort that does not let up until the task is accomplished. Paul’s Prayer (Ephesians 3:14-21) A. An epiphany is a moment when you suddenly understand something which has been hidden from your view. For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
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