Sermons on “Ephesians”

Take Off the Grave-clothes

When Lazarus walked out with his graveclothes on, Jesus said, “Unbind him, and let him go!” (v. 44). Take off the graveclothes! He was no longer dead, why be bound in the clothes of the dead? Take off the old and put on the new! This is Paul’s argument in Ephesians 4. We have been released from the slavery of sin; we are a new creation in Christ. Take off your graveclothes!

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The Monster of Sin

The Bible doesn’t exactly depict sin as a monster (unless you count the dragon in Revelation 12). But it does make use of other frightening metaphors to describe sin: slavery (John 8:24), darkness (Ephesians 5:8), etc. With descriptions like this, we desperately need salvation!

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Questions about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Bible describes several different kinds of gifts of the Spirit: (1) leadership offices, (2) skills & talents, and (3) miraculous abilities. While we no longer have miraculous abilities and some of the leadership offices that the church in the 1st century had, some questions about these gifts remain. Let’s examine Ephesians 4:7-16 together.

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