February 11, 2011

Wednesday Night Bible Study: To the Praise of His Glory

I had the privilige to teach at our Wednesday night bible study at First Assembly of God and I decided to focus our study on Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus.

Maybe you're like me and have read this passage numerous times before and hadn't noticed more of what is in the text, the depth of Paul's theology when he wrote this letter to Christians in Ephesus. 

In my Expository Preaching class last week, we were working on this passage as an expository exercise and as the text became unfolded to me, when these wonderful truths became clearer to understand, what a joy and refreshing feeling it became to feed my soul! 

And if it accomplished feeding my soul, I wondered what it would do for those of us in the class as pastors, who would exposit this same passage for their congregations and bring the same exciting refreshment to feed their souls too!

I have written this before in other posts and I will continue to say so, but I firmly believe that the only way to help people understand the Scripture, what it says and what it means, would be by hearing expository sermons.  Sermons that explain a passage of Scripture, for the benefit of developing a deeper and richer understanding of the Word of God, which fosters greater spiritual growth in the lives of every born again believer, in Jesus Christ.

As you listen to this sermon, try to imagine yourself as one of the people in Ephesus listening to this letter being read to them and I asked those in attendance last night to do the same.

The Apostle Paul describes 3 major blessings that he encouraged the church in Ephesus to remember.  Follow along and write them down as a reference for yourself, or others later on:
  1. ________________________
  2. ________________________
  3. ________________________
There is also a consistent repetition of words and phrases that signify the importance and focus of the letter, to encourage the Christians in Ephesus.  Notice whom is mentioned and why such things were established.
  1. ______________________________
  2. ______________________________
The title of the sermon for the bible study last night: To the Praise of His Glory. Ephesians 1:3-14.

You can listen via the media player below, from the Podcast page here on the blog, or you can download it from www.sermon.net/kurtmichaelson and listen on your iPod or MP3 player while you're on the go.

May this be refreshing to your soul, as you hear this, as it has been to me and to the congregation last night.

Share this with others too, if you'd like and if you have any comments, please share them here too.

Faithfully in Christ.


Postscript - Pastor Al had commented to the church that as I was preaching, he was reminded of Jesus' charge to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7, particularly verses 4 & 5, which is certainly a great reminder and warning to the church today as well.

Stay faithful to Christ and His Word.

1 comment:

Susan said...

What an Awesome God we serve!! Thank You Kurt for doing such a wonderful job of reminding us of that. All to the Praise of His glory!