Category Archives: The Christian’s Inheritance (Ephesians)

Stand Against the Devil – Eph 6:10-17 (Sonnenberg)

Several weeks ago Mike Mattes of CCO was talking with Stonebridge about college students. He said that everyone deals with these four questions each day: “Who am I? Why am I here? Why is the world gone wrong? And What can I do to make it better?” In today’s  sermon, Pastor Dan is addressing the last of these two questions.  One primary reason the world is gone wrong – not the only reason – is that Satan and his ‘forces’ are arrayed against all of nature, and specifically against anything aligned with God.  He is a powerful foe, yet God has provided us with adequate armor to protect us and help us stand against Satan and evil wherever we are.

Sermon Text: Eph.6:10-17

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Continue reading Stand Against the Devil – Eph 6:10-17 (Sonnenberg)

Labor Relations – Eph 6:5-9 (Sonnenberg)

Labor Day Sunday.  Interesting how it just so happens that today’s sermon is on the subject of Labor Relations.  Some will understand that as Providence! The Apostle Paul has a lesson both for those who ‘labor’ and those who supervise: Do what you are called to do ‘as unto the Lord”. Workers – think of your work as being for the Lord. Supervisors, consider that you too have someone over you.

Sermon Text: Eph.6:5-9

5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.  9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Earlier I sang the words of Moses from Ps. 90:17, Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! (in Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “Before You I Kneel: A Worker’s Prayer”). Continue reading Labor Relations – Eph 6:5-9 (Sonnenberg)

Children, Obey Your Parents- Eph 6:1-4 (Sonnenberg)

Husbands.  Wives. Now teaching [primarily] for children. What is the Apostle Paul’s reasoning? Three-fold: its the right thing to do, they will benefit from the wisdom and experience of their parents, and God promises benefits for your life. But there is also a lesson for parents. Parents have an awesome responsibility to rear their children for their best benefit. Impossible to do perfectly, but a command to parents nonetheless.

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.

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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.

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