Sermons from the Book of Ephesians

Date: May 15, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:1-10

Unlocked! The Manifold Riches of Life in Christ

Sermon Title: Unlocked: The Manifold Riches of Life in Christ

Summary: Is there really any unique blessing to life as a Christian? Or, is it just that we who call ourselves Christians are really good at keeping rules and have crafted a new in-club for ourselves? God’s Word gives a clear answer and beckons all who would follow, to run after Jesus Christ through the fields of grace that God has planted in Christ.

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Date: June 12, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:13-14

Sealed!

Sermon Title: Sealed! Understand and Enjoy Life With the Holy Spirit

Summary: For many people, the Christian life is about rules, boredom and condemnation. For too many, abundant life and Christianity belong in completely different sentences. For God, however, the Christian life is to be lived primarily and consistently in the joyful presence, power and leading of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians says the Holy Spirit is the seal of God in the life of those who believe in Jesus. What does it take to get this seal? What benefit is there once you have it? Read Ephesians, listen in and find out!

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Date: June 19, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:15-17

He's Given Us Shepherds

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Shepherds

Summary: Many of us have been privileged to have men and women who have invested in our lives so significantly that they have helped us grow in our faith and faithfulness. People who are committed to and work hard for the spiritual well-being of others are called shepherds. It’s not just the vocational pastors and well-known Christian leaders who are shepherds, but all who consistently invest themselves in the spiritual growth of others do a kind of shepherding. What does it say about God that He’s done this? What should we do in response? Read Ephesians 1 and listen in to find out!

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Date: June 26, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:18-23

He's Given Us His Amazing Hero

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us His Amazing Hero

Summary: Believing the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus Christ) does not merely bring a new group to associate with and new things to occupy your weekend for a couple hours. No, in the Gospel, those who believe have been offered something much more valuable than all that; we’ve been offered a Hero. Not just anybody’s hero, the Hero of Heaven and Earth and all the Universe! Want to see the beauty of this Hero? It’s hidden but available to you. Listen to hear more…

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Additional Notes: Sermon Notes // Our Amazing Hero (Some good Scriptures about Jesus’ awesomeness by Elliott Knoch)

Date: July 17, 2011

God's Grace Stops the Death March

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:1-7

Sermon Title: God’s Grace Stops the Death March

Summary: Sin is real. It’s consequences are desperate but God has spoken and acted in love to stop the terrible pattern. How does your life line up with what God has said and done!? If you already believe that His grace is for you, what are you doing with the information you have? Listen in and consider carefully what the Bible teaches in Ephesians 2:1-7…

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Date: July 24, 2011

Boast in Christ Alone

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:8-10

Sermon Title: He’s Rescued Us From Foolish Boasting

Summary: Not by finger-wagging or scolding, but by his own amazing character, commitments & actions; in Christ, God has accomplished for us what we could never possibly do for ourselves; He’s removed our ability to foolishly boast in self by saving us himself!

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Date: July 31, 2011

Real Answers Are in Christ Alone

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

Sermon Title: No More Band-Aids! Real Answers Are in Christ Alone

Summary: Not global hugs, not T-shirts, water bottles or conferences. No, merely human solutions can bring us the lasting change we need. Why? Because only Christ has dealt with our deepest, abiding needs & created the best structure for peace, hope & change.

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Date: August 7, 2011

Built Together

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:22 (and other various Scriptures)

Discussion Title: Built Together

Summary: Would the Holy One of Heaven really want us to commit to a group of people when he can see the sins and failures, problems and hearts of each member? The answer is: YES! God has called us out of the world and into relationship with Jesus AND relationship with His people, the Church. Not only that, but the best way to be faithful to Christ is through expressed and obvious commitment to a grace-filled family: the local church. Whether you are part of this church or any other, or no other local church, take a look at this resource to consider the Biblical call to local church membership.

Biblical Teaching: Discussion Guide on Local Church Membership

Date: August 21, 2011

The High Cost and Stunning Beauty of the Gospel

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:1-6

Sermon Title: The High Cost and Stunning Beauty of the Gospel

Summary: No nails, chains or even righteous barriers could silence this message. What are you doing with the Gospel? Have you believed it? Are you spreading it? Are you living in the freedom it brings? Listen in to this liberating message from Ephesians 3:1-6…

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Date: August 28, 2011

The Gospel Means: Even Me

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:7-13

Sermon Title: The Gospel Means: Even Me

Summary: Can a former murderer be useful to God? How about a liar? A cheat? In the Gospel, there’s hope for every one of us to join the movement of God as he shines in the world. Because of Jesus, none of us has to be excluded. The Gospel Means: Even Me. Even You.

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Date: September 4, 2011

Plug In!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

Sermon Title: Plug In! The Power For Life Change is in God Alone

Summary: Life is busy, complex and difficult. Do you have what you need? Are you plugged into the source of strength for the things you face every day? When emergencies come are you tapped in to the source or are you living on borrowed time, daring catastrophe to strike because of your unpreparedness? Paul’s words and example serve as a clear call for us to plug in. The power we need is in God alone.

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Date: September 11, 2011

Measure Up!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:1

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You

Summary: Christianity can seem very scary. The God of the Universe has called every person to be holy, follow Jesus and live for Him. Sadly, many people only hear the lofty calling and fail to understand the joy and freedom and peace that is clearly spelled out in Scripture that makes God’s calling not only bearable but desireable. Listen to Ephesians 4:1 and learn about God’s high calling and the basis we have for keeping it.

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Date: September 18, 2011

God's Grace Will Lead You!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:2

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You Part II

Summary: Most Christians know that we “should” follow the commands of God and the teachings of Scripture. Still, when we’re honest, we’d all admit that sometimes following the teachings of Scripture seem like they won’t lead to the results we’re hoping for. Ephesians 4 gives us a clear look at the ways and fruit of following Christ according to the grace we’ve received in Him.

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Date: September 25, 2011

God's Grace Will Lead You - Part III

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:3-6

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You – Part III

Summary: Jesus prayed for unity for all his followers. Still, church history show that unity is seldom cherished or fought for by Christians. Why does this happen? How do we return to Jesus’ heart on the matter? Ephesians 4 shows how God’s grace leads us there…

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Date: October 9, 2011

Stong and Unstained

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:7

Sermon Title: Strong and Unstained

Summary: In Christ, we have all we need. Not because we’re so cool, but because God is amazing. His choice, his grace, his purpose, his presence, his Church, the unity Christ brings; all these are amazing. Christ has also given tools to each Christian, they are strong, and they are lasting! Listen in with us…

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Date: October 30, 2011

Tools for World Change

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:8-10

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Tool to Change the World (Part II)

Summary: God is at work in the world. He has been at work in the world for a very long time….in fact, since before there was a world. He continues to work in the world through people who yield their lives to Christ. Are you “IN?” Do you want to be used by God? Do you want the King of the Universe to lead your life by the Holy Spirit? Tune in to hear more…

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Date: November 6, 2011

Tools for World Change Part III

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Tool to Change the World (Part III)

Summary: One day, Christ will set all things straight. Until then, what are we here to do? The Church is not a social club, it’s got a role to play, battles to win and work to do. Listen in to hear God’s plan for our growth as his people.

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Date: December 4, 2011Embrace Gospel-Motivated Obedience

Sermon Title: Embrace the Missing Foundation: Gospel-Motivated Obedience

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Sermon Summary: Many people live on one extreme or the other, where Christianity is seen as a list of rules to control people and appease God, or seen as a tool used to license immorality and feel good about ourselves. It is neither. No, in fact, Christianity is about a relationship with God built on God’s unmerited favor given to his enemies. Through that Good News (Gospel means: The Good News), God accomplishes many things, including his giving us the motive and power to live righteous lives. Tune in to the sermon to embrace this important foundation. Check out the PDF file below for help in making righteous, Gospel-motivated choices in your life.

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Date: December 11, 2011

Sermon Title: Embrace the Missing Foundation: Gospel-Motivated Obedience Part II

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Sermon Summary: So many times, we think of and talk about sin as if it is just a violation of a list of rules that someone, somewhere posted to maintain control. That’s not what sin is about. Sin is a personal violation of a personal God who is holy. Want to follow Jesus? Then we should gain an accurate understanding of who Jesus is AND what we are turning from so that we can live for Christ fully. This message is the second part to the message on Gospel-Motivated Obedience, click below to hear it.

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Date: January 15, 2012Be Completely Through with the Old, Pseudo You

Sermon Title: Be Completely Through with the Old, Pseudo You (Part 1)

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:25-27

Sermon Summary: Does your life match the words you say about your beliefs? Maybe it’s time for a change. Not your clothes, but your actions; that way Jesus Christ can get the most glory from your life and show Himself through your life. Tune in to consider one of the changes God wants to make in followers of Christ: learning to speak the truth.

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Additional Resources: Click Here for Guidelines to Practice Speaking the Truth (What we stood and shared in the service.)

Date: January 29, 2012Be Completely Through With the Old, Pseudo You

Sermon Title: Be Completely Through With the Old, Pseudo You (Part 2)

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:25-27

Sermon Summary: Cupcakes, kittens and anger. Oh my! How is your habit of dealing with anger? Are you taking God at His Word on the gravity of it? Tune in to join us as we consider how to be thoroughly Christ’s according to Ephesians 4:26-27.

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Additional Sermon Resources: When It’s Hardest to NOT be Angry (Handed Out During the Service)

Date: February 5, 2012

Sermon Title: Stop Thief! Jesus-People are Useful People Stop Thief!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:28-29

Sermon Summary: You probably know what the Bible says about theft. “Don’t do it,” right? Well, that’s true; God doesn’t want people to be thieves but the purpose for God’s command here could change the world. Will you let it change you?

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Additional Resources: How to Fight The Temptation To Steal or How to Fight Communication Temptations

Date: February 19, 2012God out of the Friend Zone

Sermon Title: God Out of the Friend Zone

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:30 and others

Sermon Summary: Have you kept God at an arms length because you don’t understand Him? Many would say no because we think of God the Father or even Jesus Christ, the Son. What about the Holy Spirit? What is your level of understanding and intimacy with the third person of the Trinity? This study aims to help us gain a Biblical perspective for who He is. Tune in with us!

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Date: February 26, 2012Make God Happy

Sermon Title: Make God Happy: Let the Gospel Invade You Completely

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:30-32

Sermon Summary: Is your life reflective of the joy and peace, and fruitfulness of life where the Holy Spirit rejoices? Or does it reflect a place where the Lord grieves and is made sorrowful by your choices. Ephesians 4:30-32 tells us that there are some ways that we can live that please the Lord and others that don’t. Tune in to see what kinds of ways of living please the God of the Universe, the Savior of our souls.

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Additional Resources: Click Here for the Commitments for a Gospel-Invaded Life (what we spoke aloud together at the end of the sermon)

Click Here for a non-exhaustive summary of the ministry of the Holy Spirit

Date: March 11, 2012 Imitate God

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us His Ways to Imitate

Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:1-8

Sermon Summary: Bracelets, t-shirts, and even movies and politicians talk about following Jesus and imitating God. But why do you want to do it? Ephesians 5 shows us that one of the highest motivations for living right before God is the same motivation that led Jesus to stay on the Cross! Tune in as we hear from Ephesians 5:1-8

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Date: March 18, 2012How Can We Please the Lord

Sermon Title: Work Hard to Please the Lord Who Saves Us

Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:9-10

Sermon Summary: There’s so much confusion about righteousness. Many people get caught up thinking that righteousness is to be done slavishly, and in fear. Others casually point to God’s grace as a license to live however we want to live. God’s Word gives the clear balance in Ephesians, where the Gospel frees us to serve the Lord diligently. Listen in with us and then spend some time on your own with this important worksheet below.

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Date: March 25, 2012Live All for Jesus No Matter How Bad Things Get

Sermon Title: Live All for Jesus No Matter How Bad Things Get

Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:11-20

Sermon Summary: It’s hard to live in a world that is increasingly dark. We could choose to stay on the outside, aloof and judgmental about what goes on. That’s not what pleases the Lord, though. Ephesians 5:11-20 shows us how changed people relate to the world. Listen in with us.

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Date: April 22, 2012 Shocking Beauty

Sermon Title: All of Jesus, All of the Time! The Shocking Beauty of Faith-Fueled Submission

Sermon Text: Ephesians 5:21-33

Sermon Summary: Whether culture or comfort appeals to us most, it is very tempting to follow Christ part of the way. Submission has become a bad word for many people, but not for God. It is his plan for order and when Christ is the motive, submission is a beautiful thing. Tune in to Ephesians 5:21-33 with us to see why…

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Date: April 29, 2012

Sermon Title: Baptism: It’s Time!

Sermon Text: VariousBaptism: It's Time

Sermon Summary: There’s lots of confusion about baptism. Biblical ignorance, church traditions and false teachings abound – and the sad result is that many people are confused about Baptism. This sermon is designed to equip and move the hearer to answer the question “what’s up with Baptism?” and act in obedience to the Lord who commands it.

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Date: May 6, 2012All of Jesus for Children Too!

Sermon Title: All of Jesus, All the Time Part 2

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:1-4

Sermon Summary: If parents aren’t as smart as their kids, do the kids still need to follow them? When do we get to stop honoring our parents? Is there ever a time for that? Ephesians 6:1-4 guides us to a path of God-borne righteousness as we read and obey the Lord.

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Date: August 19, 2012Stand Strong!

Sermon Title: Stand Strong on Earth with the Tools of Heaven (Part 1)

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:5-9

Sermon Summary: The Gospel is the power of God for salvation; but it’s not just salvation “one day” up in the clouds somewhere. The Gospel is the key that unlocks every other benefit there is to be gained from God. If you live in it!

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Date: August 26, 2012Part 2!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:5-9

Sermon Title: Stand Strong on Earth with the Tools of Heaven (Part 2)

Sermon Summary: No good thing done for the Lord will go unrewarded. Whether it is done in a church, a home, a classroom, an office or the greasy kitchen of a restaurant. Tune in as we explore Ephesians 6:5-9 and hear from God’s Word for our lives.

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Date: Sept. 2, 2012Part 3

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:10-12

Sermon Title: Stand Strong on Earth with the Tools of Heaven (Part 3)

Sermon Summary: 80 Billion dollars bought intelligence from around the world to keep the military informed. Still, the intel brought to us by the Lord cost a higher price and is more valuable. Will you follow the implications of this priceless information? If you do, righteous victory belongs to you.

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Date: Sept. 9, 2012Stand Strong!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:13-14

Sermon Title: Stand Strong on Earth with the Tools of Heaven (Part 4)

Sermon Summary: War is sobering, so when God tells us we’re engaged in a spiritual war, we pay attention. Where are truth and righteousness in your life? Are you ignoring reality or ready for battle?

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Date: Sept. 16, 2012Stand Strong in the Gospel

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:15

Sermon Title: Stand Strong on Earth with the Tools of Heaven (Part 5)

Sermon Summary: How good is the Good News? Is it valuable for your life? Has it moved you to action? Tune in with us as we hear from God’s Word in Ephesians 6:15 and we’re challenged to apply the Gospel in every one of our lives.

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Date: Sept. 23, 2012

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:16Stand Firm and Raise the Shield

Sermon Topic: Following Christ by faith is so much more than Sunday dresses and church barbecues. God calls us to arm ourselves with the tools he gives us. This week’s armor: the shield. Do you have it? Are you using it right? Tune in with us to Ephesians 6:16.

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Date: Sept. 30, 2012Put on Salvation

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:17a (and others)

Sermon Summary: Head wounds are the worst kind of wounds In Ephesians 6:17, we’re told to keep salvation as a head covering. Great! But do you know what we’re saved from? Really? Do you live according to the reality of salvation’s necessity for yourself? For others?

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Date: Oct. 7, 2012

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:17b (and others)Stand Strong in the Word of God

Sermon Summary: Those who want to live a life that God blesses have to do so amidst the many philosophies, opinions, chaos and difficulties of life. We can stand firm and find strength through faithful understanding, interpretation and application of God’s Word. Are you settling for half-truth in your life or learning to love and depend upon the Word of God? Tune in with us…

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Other: (Notes from the Sermon)

1. 4 Ways We Leave the Bible to the “Experts”

2. Jesus Faced Opposition By Using the Scripture


Date: Oct. 28, 2012

Preacher: Rev. Allen Painter

Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:18-20

Sermon Summary: God gives us all the tools we need to live for Jesus. No armor is complete, however, without the ability to communicate with headquarters. Prayer is our vehicle for communicating with God. Listen in as Rev. Allen Painter shares on prayer.

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Date: Nov. 4, 2012The Beauty and Necessity of Faithfulness

Sermon Passage: Ephesians 6:21-24

Sermon Summary: Here at the end of the book, we get a rare glimpse into the lives of two Godly men. Considering their example, we too can consider how our lives reflect the character of God in the area of faithfulness. Listen in with us as we delve into the Word of God.

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