Sermons on Ephesians

Redeeming Time

Preached FCCW, August 19, 2018

Ephesians 5:15-20

 

This morning on GMA there was a segment on how parents can make the transition of back to school a little smoother by being better structured about school morning routines.

Like organizing our schedules is that easy, right?

I came across some figures recently which estimate that in a lifetime the average North American will spend:

How to Identify an Imitation

Preached FCCW, August 12, 2018

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

 

Charles Caleb Colton famously expressed the opinion that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

“Imitation” however, can be synonymous with unflattering words, like phony, fake, or counterfeit.

Years ago, I was depositing some cash, including some $100 bills into a bank account, when the teller informed me that one of the $100 bills was counterfeit.

The teller knew how to identify imitation money. I did not.

Which left me out a hundred bucks.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Preached FCCW, July 29, 2018

Ephesians 3:14-21

 

There are times when the Bible sounds like an episode of This Old House or The New Yankee Workshop. At least three major construction projects are described in the Old Testament, with painstaking detail.

In the Book of Genesis, you find God’s instructions to Noah for the building of the Ark. Blueprints for Solomon’s Temple are in 1 Kings. And it takes a full 13 chapters of the Book of Exodus to lay out cubit by cubit plans for constructing the Tabernacle.

If they made an Audible version of those Biblical texts it would definitely be Bob Vila or Norm Abram doing the narration.

And, whether you were Noah putting together a boat to survive a global flood or if you were Solomon or Moses building a structure for God to call home, the do-it-yourselfers’ mantra of “measure twice, cut once” must have played continuously in the back of your mind.

Of This Gospel, a Servant Be

Ephesians 3: 1-12     Preached FCCW    January 7, 2018

In the present day city of Jerusalem, stands the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built on the hill where tradition claims, Jesus was crucified and buried.  Due to the sacredness of its location, possession of the structure has changed hands numerous times through history.

The Covert King

Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46

Preached FCCW  November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday)

There is a story that comes to us from out of the 16th century about a great leader of the church by the name of Bishop Hugh Latimer.

One Sunday morning he entered his pulpit and looked out to see King Henry VIII in the congregation.

I’m guessing that Old Henry wasn’t hard to spot out there in the pews.

He might have worn his crown and carried his scepter.

At the very least, he would have been wearing his Sunday best, which is saying something when you’re talking about a King’s wardrobe.

You might think that Bishop Latimer would have been greatly honored at the unexpected presence of his sovereign monarch in his church.

Except that he knew that the sermon he prepared to preach that day would not go well with King Henry.

He thought for a moment and then said to himself, but out loud for all to hear, “Latimer, be careful what you say today; King Henry is here.”

Almost as quickly as Latimer felt the pressure to tailor the sermon he was ready to preach so that it would not offend King Henry, something reminded him of another monarch who was also in attendance.

What a Star Can’t Tell You

Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Preached FCCW 1-8-2017 The two details most people remember about the story of the Magi’s journey to find Jesus are first, what they bring: gold, frankincense and myrrh; and second, how they find him: by following a star that had suddenly appeared. New stars don’t appear out of nowhere every day. more »