Ephesians 1:7 The Hope We Have In Christ

In him (Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:7-12) If you were to ask me what I would want this sermon to prod

Isaiah 36-37 Delivered at InterVarsity

I will admit to you that if I am watching someone play sports, I would prefer to see someone who quietly shows up and just gets the job done. Some people really like to watch someone who likes to trash talk their opponent at every opportunity. And if you are one of those types of people, you are going to love the text that we are going to look at this evening. Our text contains a trash talker who in his pride and arrogance speaks rashly to the LORD and to His people. On the surface, it appears that this man has every right to do so. He is a military of the greatest army of that day. He is serving King Sennecherib who he refers too as the ‘great king’. The army of Assyria have conquered every

Message for Chapel Service - Luke 2:40

I have two kids. I have a boy who is 16 and a daughter who is now 19. I find it so hard to imagine where the time has gone. They have grown up faster than I have learned to grow as a parent. One of the things that I wish I could have changed in recent years is how I have talked to my son. Let me describe briefly what I mean. When my son started speaking his mind more and more he would say some things that I thought were wrong or naive. I began to simply say, “Well, that is thirteen year old wisdom for you.” We would laugh about it but I wish that I wouldn’t have said such things. My dad never spoke to me like that! Not sure why I started doing it, but it probably sent my son the wrong messag

Ephesians 1:3-6 part 2

Let us begin by reading Ephesians 1:3-14, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the m

Ephesians 1:3-6 Part 1

Our text this morning and next week will be Ephesians 1:3-6, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. This week, as I began to read commentaries about our text, I was saddened to read by some commentators that many preachers have chosen not to preach Ephesians 1. They made the decisi

Ephesians 1:1-2 - Grace And Peace To You

Our text is Ephesians 1:1-2, Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today is the first of many Sunday’s that we will come to study this book. Will we come with hearts that are receptive and full of anticipation? Will we come with humility and a sense of your great need? Will we come rejoicing and with a heart full of praise and thankfulness? Will we be quick to address any indifference or apathy in your hearts? Will we allow the Word to bring itself to bear upon our heart and our conscience? Consider the following verses from Psalm 19:7-9, “T

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