Sermons on Ephesians

Sermons on Ephesians

The Foundation and the Cornerstone

2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Ephesians 2:11-22 King David wanted to build a house for God. Which, as good ideas go, seemed to be a no-brainer. Even to Nathan the Prophet, whose job description included pointing out to the king when something was NOT such a great idea in God’s eyes. It seemed a shame to David that he himself lived in a stately cedar mansion, while the Ark of the Covenant—the holy artifact which symbolized God’s presence—continued to be housed…

Before And After

Before and After Ephesians 2:1-10 Few things manage to pull off being brutally honest and powerfully motivational at the same time, the way before and after pictures can. Which is something the advertising industry has recognized for a long time. Nothing sells gym memberships faster than pictures of love handles spilling over the waistband of a bikini, split screened to a shot of the same person with tight abs and slender hips frolicking on a beach before an audience of…

Who? Me? A Saint?

Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31   Several Sundays ago, the Roman Catholic Church canonized five new saints. Which is news that might have easily slipped under the radar for many Protestants. Except that, in his eagerness to celebrate the event, Pope Francis tweeted out the message: Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. The Pope might be considered infallible in some things, but Francis was obviously ill informed about one thing. Little did he know that #Saints is…

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…

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…

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…

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. When this one did, they knew it must be heralding a historic – perhaps even a cosmic – event. The emergence of a new star…


 Ephesians 3:14-21

Built to Last

2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Ephesians 2:11-22