Category Archives: Ephesians

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Husbands, Love Your Wives- Eph 5:15-33 (Sonnenberg)

This week the series is back to Ephesians and the primary audience is “Husbands”.  Lots of different kinds of husbands out there, but the Apostle Paul encourages all husbands to embrace the divine order for marriage by following the divine example for marriage.

(Eph. 5:15-33) 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…18 be filled with the Spirit…21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  22 Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,  27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,  30 because we are members of his body.  31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Continue reading Husbands, Love Your Wives- Eph 5:15-33 (Sonnenberg)

Wives, Respect Your Husbands – Eph 5:18, 21-33 (Sonnenberg)

For this and the next few weeks Pastor Dan will be preaching on some human relationships.  How should we consider them and how does God help us understand how to “live in relationship” with one another.

(Eph. 5:21-24) …21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  22 Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,  27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,  30 because we are members of his body.  31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Continue reading Wives, Respect Your Husbands – Eph 5:18, 21-33 (Sonnenberg)

Walk in Wisdom – Eph 5:15-21 (Sonnenberg)

Walk in love. Walk in light. Now Paul encourages Christians to also walk in wisdom.  Its not as hard as it might seem, and yet it is difficult just the same.  Wisdom is much more than facts; more than knowledge; more than extraordinary “common sense”. In short, we walk in wisdom when we come to understand the will of God, and when we allow the Spirit of God to continually fill us.

Eph.5:15-21 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Continue reading Walk in Wisdom – Eph 5:15-21 (Sonnenberg)

Walk As Children of Light – Eph 5:8 (Sonnenberg)

Darkness. Light. People are one or the other. We are called to be “light in the Lord”. As we live according to Scripture and the Spirit, we come more and more to reflect the light that Jesus Christ is.

Writing from prison in Rome, Paul reminds the Ephesians in chapters 1-3 of their new identity – who they are – in Christ. In the final chapters here he is telling them how they are to live in view of that knowledge. Their new life of purity and preferring one another is quite a stark contrast with their old way of life without Christ. For them, living in a port city on a main trade route provided the opportunity for all kinds of sinful living, much like our own city.  Continue reading Walk As Children of Light – Eph 5:8 (Sonnenberg)

Holy-Living and Thanks-Giving, Eph 5:3-5 (Sonnenberg)

Pastor Dan is back from General Assembly rested and ready to go! We are back to our series in the book of Ephesians after a few month break. Chapters 1-3 teach us “who we are” when we become believers in Jesus.  Chapters 4-6 “how we should live” in light of who we are.  God warns us gently at first, but his loving care for his children can become ‘more stern’ if we need it. But along with warnings God graciously provides alternatives to help us live pleasing to him.

Loving One Another Acceptably – Eph 5:2c (Sonnenberg)

Today was the third and last sermon in the mini-series on this verse. What a challenging set of sermons, but we have also been so encouraged by the work of Christ. The way in which Christ demonstrated, how he lived out what Paul in Ephesians is encouraging us to do.  Many places in the Old and New Testament, God speaks of “the pleasing aroma” that the right sacrifice brought in the proper way was ‘acceptable’ to him.  Pastor Dan helped us see the this final aspect of Jesus’ sacrifice. His sacrifice was acceptable to God; it pleased God, it satisfied God. Don’t miss listening if you were not able to be with us today.

Eph. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

In our passage today we are told that Christ gave himself, not only as an offering and a sacrifice to God, but is also a fragrant offering to God, that is, an acceptable offering to God. Continue reading Loving One Another Acceptably – Eph 5:2c (Sonnenberg)

Loving One Another Sacrificially – Eph 5:2b (Sonnenberg)

Today was the second of three sermons in the mini-series on this verse. The sermon title- and the sermon, for that matter -might sound a bit familiar. Pastor Dan is “lingering” over this verse; perhaps we need to hear it more than once before it begins to sink in? As we approach Easter, we are reminded that Jesus’ death for us is the perfect example of what real love looks like in practice.

Eph 5: 2 ” And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

In this passage we find three ways that Christ has loved us and that we are in turn to love one another. There are three overlapping aspects of Christ’s love here that we should imitate. Last time we saw that His love for us was voluntary. Next week we will see that his love for us was acceptable to God. This week we will see that His love for us was sacrificial, and therefore we should love one another sacrificially. Continue reading Loving One Another Sacrificially – Eph 5:2b (Sonnenberg)