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26 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #29)

Ephesians (Program #29) – The Riches of Christ Producing the Church

Most people love mysteries. There is something about mysteries that engages us and hold our attention. And may be you even thought if I can just read the Bible like I read a good mystery. Well actually the Bible is the top mystery in the universe. Listen to the apostle Paul in

Ephesians 3 :3 “That by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have written previously in brief, By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit, as we look at the mystery of God, the unsearchable riches of Christ.

26 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #34)

Isaiah (Program #34) – The King Reigning in the Tent of David, the Eternal Rock, a Savior

“Then will a throne be established in loving kindness and upon it One will sit in truth in the tent of David, judging and pursuing justice and hastening righteousness.”  Surely there was a king ruling from the throne in the tent of David in Old Testament time.  Interestingly, the tent of David with its kingly throne reappears in the coming kingdom age.  But does the tent of David have to do with us today?

25 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #28)

Ephesians (Program #28) – The Revelation of the Mystery

Many places in scripture talk about how the believers should walk. For example we were told to walk by the Spirit and to walk according to love and to walk by faith, just to name a few.  But in Ephesians, where the view and revelation is the highest in the New Testament. We were told in Chapter 4:1 “..to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,”  But what kind of walk is this?

We will see today, in order to have a walk that is worthy of all that God has called us to, we, like the apostle Paul must first be prisoners.  4: 1 “I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,”

25 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #27)

Ephesians (Program #27) – The Stewardship of the Grace

The apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians from prison in Rome. And he refers to his been imprison on account of the gospel in a very interesting way. In Chapter 3 he says, “I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus.” Well, this indicates that to Paul, Christ was the one that had captured him and not the Roman army.

Then in Chapter 4 he says that not only was he a prisoner of Christ but he was a prisoner in Christ.  And from this status he goes on to convey the real meaning and substance of what he called the stewardship of the grace of God.  What is this marvelous stewardship?

25 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #33)

Isaiah (Program #33) – The Springs of Salvation

In the Bible, water is used as a picture of how God conveys even flows His divine life into man.   There are numerous such references in both the Old and New Testaments.  In the gospel of John, for example we hear Christ Himself proclaimed “out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.  In the Old Testament, the book of Issac also contains many references to this living water.

24 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #26)

Ephesians (Program #26) – Growing into a Holy Temple and Being Built into a Dwelling Place of God

In the well known account in Mathew 16, the Lord Jesus asked His disciples who He was. And the apostle Peter responded with the famous words, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” As marvelous as this account is, it doesn’t end there. For the Lord goes on to tell Peter, that he had been blessed to receive such a revelation from God the Father. And further upon the rock of this revelation, the Church would be built.  This is truly one of the great passages in all of scripture. And the apostle Paul refers back to this monumental revelation in Ephesians 2 where the building of the Church is the focus and the theme.

24 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #25)

Ephesians (Program #25) – Both Reconciled to God in One Body and Fellow Citizens of the Household of God

Imagine that you are a lonely visitor in a foreign country and meet a fellow citizen of your own country, the American, Great Britain or Canada.  You immediately sense a kind of kinship. But how is that compare with the intimacy and share delight that would result from unexpectedly meeting one of your own family members in the same setting?

Well, this is the situation that should exist with all members of the Body of Christ, the Church. And not just with those who are in our circle of fellowship. For the Bible tells us in Ephesians 2 that not only we are fellow citizens with all the believers in the kingdom of God, but we are also His household, family members. This describes which should be a sweet and intimate relationship with all those who belong to Christ.  We will consider both of these aspects today.

24 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #32)

Isaiah (Program #32) – A Twig from the Stem of Jesse & a Branch from the Root of Jesse (2)

The world situation has changed in dramatic fashion in this final decade of the millennium.  Who could have predicted such incredible events and what is next?  Two thousands years ago the world situation also underwent incredible changes and those events were followed closely by the coming of Christ.  Is the world stage once again being set for His coming?

23 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #24)

Ephesians (Program #24) – Putting on the New Man

When people think about God’s work of creation they usually think of Genesis. After all Genesis begins with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

By the time we get to the New Testament we think that God’s creating work is over. But Ephesians Chapter 2 reveals that the most crucial item of God’s creation took place in the New Testament.  Chapter 2 :15 “Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace”

So, what is this newly created item or more accurately this new creation?   it is the new man and it is the center piece of God’s work through out the ages. If we love God and love His word and desire to be in the center of His plan we need to see a vision of the one new man.

23 Sep 2018 Ephesians (Program #23)

Ephesians (Program #23) – The Two Created Into One New Man

When the Lord Jesus gave His life on the cross or our redemption, what were the main items that the Bible tells us were dealt with by His death?  Well, the first answer most people would give, of course is our sins. Then some might mention the devil, Satan. If you still would add the corrupted world, and our old fallen nature that the Bible calls our old man. These could be a good list an accurate one according to the New Testament but still incomplete. Or it is probably fair to say that the precious view would include on the list, the last item that the apostle Paul gives us in Ephesians Chapter 2 :15 “Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace.”  Isn’t this interesting? And isn’t it surprising? Included among the crucial items dealt with by Christ on the cross are ordinances. How could ordinances be included with such obvious matters as sins, Satan and the world. We’ll find out in today’s fellowship.