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