Ephesians 4:32 “Forgiveness”

It’s tough to forgive sometimes–especially when we still want to be mad!  But the body of Christ should be known as a gracious community that readily forgives offenses, mostly because we recognize how much God forgave us through the suffering and death of Christ for our sin.

This message looks at what forgiveness is, addresses several questions about–or challenges to–forgiving others, and reviews Jesus’ severe warning about not forgiving others.

Ephesians 4:29-31 “Watching Our Words”

That saying I learned as a kid: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” was a lie!  Words can do way more damage than sticks and stones.  In this section of Ephesians the Apostle Paul instructs us to be careful with the words we use.  Instead of tearing each other down, we should seek to build each other up in the faith with words that “give grace.”

Ephesians 4:26 “Anger”

Anger is a problem.  Lots of things frustrate us, test our patience, or straight out make us mad.  But what does the Bible say about anger?  Is it ever okay to be angry?  Why do we get angry, and how do we deal with our anger?

This message from Ephesians 4:26 gives a biblical perspective on selfish and selfless anger, the reasons for anger and some ideas for controlling your anger.

09,08,13 Ephesians 4,26

Ephesians 4:25 “Speaking the Truth”

This section of Ephesians gets into practical exhortations for Christians to live by.  Verse 25 covers truth telling and warns us not to lie.  But lying is so pervasive in our culture, how do we swim against that stream?  This message looks at different kinds of lies, why we lie, and why lying is bad, and then unpacks Paul’s challenge to speak the truth.

09,01,13 Ephesians 4,25 Lying

Ephesians 4:17-24: “Put on Your New Self”

This is the “practical” part of Ephesians, the part where God tells us to do stuff: be kind, don’t lie, don’t steal, watch your anger, forgive each other, etc.  In this section the Apostle Paul exhorts us to “put off” our old self and “put on” our new self.  This sermon talks about what that looks like and how to do it.

08,25,13 Ephesians 4,17-24

Ephesians 4:15-16: “Body Life, pt. 4: Growth”

In this message, given by Joshua Smith, we look at how every member of the body of Christ causes the growth of the body of Christ.  Joshua discusses what verse 15 means by “speaking the truth in love,” and how crucial both truth and love are to church growth.

(Note: Unfortunately, the sermon for Part 3 of this series is missing because it did not record properly.)

08,11,13 Ephesians 4,15-16 Joshua

Ephesians 4:11 “Body Life, Pt. 2: Leadership”

Ephesians 4:11 shows us that God gave leaders to the church to equip the church for service.  This is revolutionary in some Western contexts because we hire a pastor and a secretary and hope they get everything done.  That’s not the biblical teaching on ministry: everybody does the ministry.  The leadership is to guide the process, help people find their gifts and talents, and raise people up to serve and lead.  This message also gives a helpful guide for finding your gifts for serving the body of Christ.

07,28,13 Ephesians 4,11

Ephesians 4:1-8 “Body Life, Pt. 1”

This message begins a four-week series on the topic of ecclesiology: the church.  Ephesians refers to Jesus’ followers as the “body of Christ” because each believer is brought into union with Christ when we become Christians.  We are also brought into union with each member of the body of Christ, so that just as we bear a special connection to Christ, we bear a special connection to every other believer also.

This is why Paul exhorts us to maintain the unity of the Spirit: we are in fact one, let’s live like it!  This oneness will show the world that God is doing something in our midst.

07,21,13 Ephesians 4,1-8