To Live Is Christ
Whether By Life or By Death
We’ve come to a passage, and specifically a verse, that is one of the more popular in Scripture: Philippians 1:21. It is often quoted, printed on coffee mugs and wall art, and sung in songs. But as we’ve become accustomed to, it’s best to examine verses carefully to have a deeper and more accurate understanding […]
Courage To Speak the Word of God
If accepting Christ and living for Him meant these things for us, would we still do it? Would we ‘sign up’ to follow Christ if it meant walking away from everything? This is the life Paul lived, and countless more of our brothers and sisters in Christ have experienced both in the past and across the world today.
Paul’s Final Greetings
Witnessing a fellow Christian joyfully endure suffering for the cause of Christ can be an opportunity for us to grow in faith, to see God’s sustaining power, and give us more resolve to proclaim the gospel in the face of opposition.
Praying Beyond Our Circumstances
It’s been a long road, but we’ve come to the end of a verse-by-verse exposition of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Throughout this astonishing letter we’ve been challenged, tested, exhorted, convicted, and encouraged. We’ve seen the beloved apostle affirm and confirm many core doctrines of the Christian faith, just a few being God’s will and […]
Last week we looked at Apostle Paul’s instruction to believers to pray at all times in the Spirit and also to pray for other Christians, especially for their faith and spiritual protection (Eph 6:18). In the same thought, Paul continued by asking the Ephesian believers to pray specifically for his ministry: and pray on my […]
Be Strong In The Lord
Last week we looked at the first two pieces of the armor of God: truth and righteousness. Both are so crucial to our walk as believers that without them we are in constant peril of spiritual attack from the enemy. Today we’ll examine the remaining pieces of our God-given spiritual armor: And having shod YOUR […]
Here at the mid-point of chapter 6 in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul begins shifting toward the closing remarks of his epistle. After many rich pages of doctrine, warning, exhortation, and instruction, he now moves to encouragement and reassurance. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. […]
Boldness and Confidence Through Faith
As we’ve seen a number of times throughout Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, our behavior as believers matters. A professing Christian is called to live by a high standard which reflects Christ in a dark world; the subsequent obedience and agape love is a sweet aroma and fragrance around the Father’s throne (cf: Eph 5:1-2). […]
Perhaps one of the hardest things for us believers to grasp is the assurance of our salvation. It is easy to worry when we stumble in sin or think that we must clutch onto our salvation in our own strength. This is where a huge difference is noted between the Christian faith and all other […]