When Paul describes the armor of God, he is not describing defensive equipment, but offensives weapons. Yet the combat he describes when he applies this picture is “prayer without ceasing” for the people around the Ephesian church. Not that they would defeat their tribalistic, human enemies in war, but that they would defeat the real enemies, […]
Looking at social relationships–in families, workplace, etc.–Paul describes the well-ordered community and it’s potential: meaningful relationships through conscious service to each other. This depends, however, on the basis he established earlier…
[This is being posted almost two months after it was preached as I’ve been out-of-town a bunch (denominational business and trying to take vacation when most of Carbondale is on break) and playing catch-up otherwise.] Paul looks at how the community which is an imitation of God’s own character functions with reference to marriage; and […]
We’re skipping over chapter 4 in this sermon series because I preached on it as part of the series on church membership about a month and a half ago… Paul turns from picturing the glory of God, to calling the church to mission; yet when he starts applying this, some of his applications sound like […]
First, let me apologize for the audio quality of this sermon; my mic wasn’t on and this is what an area mic picked up, so it’s pretty poor quality. I’m posting this more for the avid listener (if there is such a person) who doesn’t want to hear the later sermons out of context. In […]
Paul sets up his call to the Ephesian church to overcome the racial tensions between Jews and Greeks plaguing the church by focusing on the status of all followers of Jesus as adopted children of God. In adoption God reaches into the chaotic pool of selfish humanity and claims us as belonging to Him.