O to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer, This is my constant longing and prayer; Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures, Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear. Sin is like the dust and clutter in my house. The memory of our sins can rob us of the joy of our salvation. --V C Grounds. what dull work it is unless the Spirit maketh intercession for you! Soon dissension is running rampant among people who had been eagerly working together, and the church finds itself spending more time on damage control than on ministry. This week I read an article by Medical News Today about the health effects of loneliness. Baptist, OLD MAN They may be as subtle as a minor insult. He was at odds with Bill, who had been one of his best friends. We have a common enemy As followers of the King, And we will gain the victory As to the cross we cling. Let's examine our speech habits for careless words, and then resolve to build up every person we meet, especially children. 12:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22). Then read it often and follow the instructions.—Anne Cetas. Unity in our diversity is the most effective witness to this sin-fractured world. This is Premium Content. The youngster looked perplexed. Just Be Yourself Ephesians 4:1-16 June 22, 2003. Life is like that crooked conifer. Be slow to anger and quick to repent. —Ephesians 4:2. (Our Daily Bread). Am I excusing or profiting by the unethical acts of other people? When we live under the control of the Holy Spirit, we will show it by the way we react to the jolting trials and temptations of life. When anger stirs within our hearts Because of wrongs we see, We must with love address the fault If helpful we would be. 4:32). Destination, Coordination, THE POWER OF SNOWFLAKES Our Daily Walk), We Are Family Ephesians 4:1-13 August 14, 2002. Competition, handled properly, can have its place in our lives. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It fits right in with this day of tolerance for everyone's personal choices. Christians have a built-in list of unifiers that can keep them working together with a oneness of spirit. The Epistle To The Ephesians Sermon outlines based on the Epistle to the Ephesians. —Richard De Haan. —Sper A Christlike life can be the world's Bible. The villagers had never seen such a bird. --Loucks A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up and going on. When his brother wanted to make things right, he refused to listen. When it was opened, he explained, "Please, madam, will you give me the master's brush?" They're inseparable twins!—Dennis J. That is, we need to talk enthusiastically about the transforming work that Christ is doing in people's lives. Are you doing your part? Verse 8 describes a processional led by Jesus: “When He ascended on high, He led the captives, and He gave gifts to men.” A tremendous battle has been won by our Lord. We may not have realised His entry, but we believe it because of the assurance of 1Co 6:19; Ro 8:9; Eph 3:16. How Can You Keep the Sun from Going Down? As the flickering light shines its message each day, Does it brighten your path or lead you astray? Teammates of the late Willie Stargell called him "Pops" because of his leadership both on and off the baseball field. God wants to reupholster us. We practice. Stories about getting even always capture our attention. Click Chapter, Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 1 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 2 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 3 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 4 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 5 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 6, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Our Daily Walk "'Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." Tell the truth and tell it right, A lie will never do; The Bible says that God is truth-- And He wants truth from you. “Nothing,” the coach replied abruptly. It was not the first time he had made that request. -- Eph 1:4. OUR DESTINY is the highest possible--"We shall be like Him." In a world where a spirit of getting even is all too common, it's good to learn that a major university is concerned about forgiveness. For 3 years, Jesus "mended holes" in their "ministry nets" so they could be effective fishers of men (v.17). Yet if we learn biblical principles through reading the Word, and if we daily yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we will gradually come to recognize His gentle prompting. And James gave wise counsel when he told us to "be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:19, 20). Have you left any time for the Light of your soul? The story is told about an elderly man who retired after many years in the British Army. There are people all around us whose lives have no meaning or hope. Sermon Illustrations provides sermon illustrations, sermons, eulogies, funeral helps, and counseling aids for ministers. Once they start they can gradually damage and then destroy families, churches, and lifelong relationships. We may smile at this story. In less time than it takes for most of us to put our seatbelt on and adjust the mirror, the crew had changed four tires, filled the gas tank, washed the windshield, given the driver a drink, and made vital adjustments to the car. Living Up To The Name Ephesians 4:1 March 7, 1999 A new Christian was reading through the Gospels. The expansion caused by this heat makes the plane 9 inches longer at cruise speed than at rest. The husband, on the other hand, said he believes there is evidence that the earth is much older than many claim. We have to. The And if they don’t hear about it and experience it from the body of Christ, they will never know it. Because he obeyed, he and his household became the first Gentile believers to receive the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:3 and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. It was his pride, however, that suffered the most. Do I have a generous and giving spirit? Babies try to eat dirt. It stated first the name of the church, second, “ministers: the congregation,” and third, “assistant to the ministers”: the name of the pastor! Hate, like acid, damages the vessel in which it is stored and the object on which it is poured. In Ephesians 4:4-6, Paul listed seven uniting "ones." Scripture: Ephesians 4:32–5:2. Genesis 11:1-9, Luke 10:38-42, Ephesians 4:13-14, Tags: A couple of days before the funeral, I got a call from Mary, who asked if I would share a eulogy of Kurt. R. De Haan, I found a little remedy To ease the life we live And make each day a happier one: It is the word "forgive." Meekness and lowliness are the two aspects of the same disposition, the one toward man, the other toward God. He said, "Justice White is causing four-letter words to come into my living room through the TV set." With an attitude of superiority, the young man showed his landlord a well-marked copy of a theology book written by this man. O child of God, thou hast no life within thee apart from the life which God gives thee through his Spirit! Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? Does that describe us as followers of Christ? ...read more, Scripture: You're still in love with each other, and above all, you both love the Lord. The boy, who had a passionate longing to be an artist, wished for the great master's touch. Marriage Struggle, The Prison of Bitterness - M R De Haan II, Let’s do it with all of our might. "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." We must hold sweet communion with him. Sins such as lust, sexual impurity, covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying can show up in the lives of Christians (Colossians 3:5-9). Two wrongs don't make a right.—Richard De Haan. --Anon. Charismatic, Remember the good ole’ definition of the word TEAM? The Lord patiently continues to work with us about the way we speak of other people. — We must go thither; lying in the dust before God; placing the leper’s covering on our lips; smiting on our breasts. We review. His genius is that of a handyman. When we are saved, we receive the Holy Spirit, yet it is possible for a true believer to "give place" to Satan. A Wasted Life Ephesians 4:17-29 March 6, 2004, It's frustrating to talk to some people about God, Jesus, and salvation. We're members of Christ's body, A blessed family; So let's not fight or quarrel, But live in harmony. Mar 27, 1994. Bill Thomas. These snakes are not native to Guam. The writer describes himself as a weaned child, which at first works itself into a passion because of the change in its diet; but afterwards becomes soothed and quieted. We can learn great lessons of unity and its power simply by observing the nature. Join hands, then, brothers of the faith, Whatever your race may be; Who serves my Father as a son Is surely kin to me. Then Grandpa would turn the tree over to the rest of the family to finish the job. His dad was showing me some graduation pictures and pointed to one of a relaxed James smiling for the camera. People who get caught up in petty squabbles have lost sight of what a church is for. Find Ephesians 4:11 16 Sermons and Illustrations. But, as Time magazine reports (and most viewers suspect), many celebrities don't use the products they endorse. The apostle Paul encouraged takers to become givers. 17:3, 4). And to know one another requires a willingness to let others know our weaknesses and limitations. Keep It Out! Lord, grant me a love like Your own. --Brandt Forgiveness is the glue, Forgive--And Forget Ephesians 4:32 January 28, 2002. He also stated that good communication is "necessary edification," for it has the power to build people up. Help me, Lord, to live my life Free from selfishness and strife So that others clearly see Changes You have made in me. To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or Login. God took the most vile, evil, misguided person in the world and PRAYER - Fulfil in me, O God, those desires of goodness which Thou hast created in my heart, and perfect the work of faith, that Jesus Christ may be glorified in me. The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. When we yield ourselves to the Spirit's control, we do not lose our self-control. We're thankful, Lord, that when we fall We can begin anew If humbly we confess our sin, Then turn and follow You. We are saved by grace and declared righteous in Christ. What he wanted to be was a philanthropist. You've been married for 30 years. Ephesians 4:1, Tags: Of course, this doesn't mean he can never relax or smile, but there should be something different about his manner because he's a Marine. They are but the two sides of one sublime emotion which turns life, so often insipid and dull, into a vivid, balanced, and joyful activity. Forgive Just as God in Christ Also Has Forgiven You Palm Sunday. When this happens, feelings get hurt, friendships are destroyed, the church becomes divided, and the body of Christ suffers. Let's make sure our churches are safe havens from squabbles by remembering what a church is for. “For 12 extraordinary years they had lived their lives so that they wouldn't have to meet each other,” said lawyer Simon King, who was handling the case. John Piper Mar 27, 1994 301 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him A young boy and his stepfather had difficulty communicating with each other. Great Preaching Lives In The Tension: Here's How. De Haan. For three chapters, Paul has dealt with "doctrine" in which he has described both: a. "Now that's what I call a fine job." Ephesians 4:31. PRAYER -O God, it is my earnest desire that I may not only live, but grow: grow in grace, and in the knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. O Lord, help me in every way To have a faithful heart; Teach me to love and serve Your church, And always do my part. "I'm very proud of you." The man had never shared this with the boy. Proverbs 27:23, 24, 25, 26, 27 portrays the beautiful interplay of diligent work on our part and faithful nurture on God's. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering malignant and torturous nature." Failure to do your part may hinder the whole body from functioning properly. Just about everything we do is habitual. Work, when performed with the right attitude, can be pleasurable and rewarding. Can anyone tell that there is a positive difference about our lives? Guam is crawling with snakes. It becomes a way of life. Help me, Lord, to yield completely Day by day and hour by hour. With the Holy Spirit's help, let's uproot any bitterness right now. Our spiritual "possessions" in Christ (1) b. And what about autobiographies? Let’s do all we can to demonstrate our unity in Christ. Sitting in the Stands Ephesians 4:11-16 Sept 21, 1997, “How much does college football contribute to the national physical-fitness picture?”. Pat him on the back and brag on his good points. When Papillon asks what it is, he is told, "The tragedy of a wasted life." "Guilty.". Remember, the Bible says, 'Do not let the sun go down on your wrath'" (Ephesians 4:26 ). I know he's right, but I hate to admit it. 4:14, 15). We would do ourselves a world of good by heeding the words of Paul, "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (Eph. We must focus our thinking on Jesus our Savior, not on our past sins. In Romans 1:29, 30, Paul called such people "whisperers" and "backbiters." No matter what you do in life, you are going to have critics. Before leaving, I said, "You've taught me something about the way Christians should deal with disagreements. Ask the Lord to teach you His statutes and to direct your steps according to His Word (Psalm 119:133,135). Soon he found a loose wire. Honesty must be woven into the fabric of our character if we are to have an effective testimony for Christ. 4:32). His understanding of this prompted Martin Luther to say, "Apart fromthe church, salvation is impossible." Do you desire to pray? As a result, he felt frustrated and defeated. There's victory o'er Satan and sin's dark shame, Look only to Jesus, there's power in His name; The devil can't harm you nor cause you to sin, When you trust the Savior, the victory you'll win. Just as little parts of an engine are vital to keep it running, every member of the body of Christ, the church, is important. Only as we obey Him can we hope to prevent our society from being consumed by suspicion and mistrust. 14:15). God giveth peace to the humble; He raiseth up the poor out of the dust. We can take a look at our viewing habits. —Dennis Fisher. When the other kids asked him to explain, he replied, "I heard they're the guys who have all the money.". Does he really possess or inherit its beauty? —Fitzhugh Honesty is the best policy. — Reprinted by permission. Today, we who have placed our trust in the Savior still bear that name and march under the same banner as those early believers. —Dennis De Haan —Dennis J. Even the generosity of one's giving is not an infallible test of spirituality, for it too may be for personal recognition or easing of a guilty conscience. A Little Kinder Ephesians 4:32 December 3, 2003, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), one of the world's leading intellects, was visiting with Houston Smith, a well-known professor of philosophy and religion. A few years later, Gary Anderson, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, visited Vanino. Instead, He intends to replace our character with what is called "the new man," made in the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:24). The boy looked perplexed. The word place in that verse is significant. Instead, the words pride and harshness mark the way success is measured. It’s foreign to them. - Malachy McCourt He listed them among the proud, murderers, inventors of evil, God-haters, and the like. --Sper When God puts work into your life, He expects you to put life into your work. No, in that we are each given unique gifts and interests and abilities to develop and use for His glory (Ephesians 4:7). Don't let setbacks and failures discourage you. "The old man" which we must "put off" is clearly our former manner of life. In the church, there are spiritual leaders whose job it is to equip us for ministry. He finally got used to them and now pays them no attention. "That's the way!" The apostle Paul urged believers to work with their hands and do "what is good, that [they] may have something to give him who has need" (Ephesians 4:28). But we should never allow our anger to erupt in a sinful response. When we call ourselves Christians, we are saying to the world that Christ is our Savior and that we are following Him. If it is mingled with malice, it becomes sinful; but if it is associated with a holy disposition, it is safe and good. It's not always easy to know when God is speaking, because inner urgings may arise from fear, selfish desire, or Satan. We were products of different races, were raised in different income brackets, but in the clubhouse and on the field we were one.". Who's Telling The Truth? Temptation General, Denomination: As believers in Jesus Christ, then, whatever our differences—denominations, preferences, worship styles—we are one spiritual body that acknowledges the same heavenly Father (Ephesians 4:4, 5, 6). Smedes said that forgiveness is not forgetting, excusing, or smoothing things over. Speaking the truth must never be separated from love (Ephesians 4:15). ... A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE. They can also destroy our effectiveness in serving Christ and damage our testimony for Him. In the London Tube, England's underground rail system, one travel agent's advertisement declared: "Your work is meaningless. We may not be able to do much about television programs from the creative end of things, but we can surely do something from a personal perspective. Givers And Takers July 15, 2003 Ephesians 4:28, Some young children were talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up. With loving words, patience, and kindness? They were surprised to find how little they spoke! Seven Commitments Of Renewal Every Church Leader Should Make For A New Year. De Haan Be humble and you will not stumble. Ephesians 4:32 April 2, 2001. After a woman sued a fast-food restaurant for being burned by coffee, companies started changing their manuals and warning labels. A young friend of mine once asked me if I would try to see her lover, as my train stopped at a wayside station in a far-distant western State. Are you wanting to be made like the angels of God, full of zeal and ardour for the Master’s cause? To forgive is to dance to the beat of God’s forgiving heart. When anger springs up in my heart, dear Lord, Because of the evil I see, Just help me to channel the wrath that I feel And do something noble through me. Growth In Christ, DOWNWARD TRENDS IN U.S. CHRISTIANITY --H V Lugt. This was a wealthy community and their Jesus was worth around $1800. He will completely transform us on the inside. One man. The other day, we were all in the back yard. Thinking It Through What are we to do when someone sins against us? PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE What keeps me from taking care of anger immediately? Churches have split because folks argued about such things. The angel didn't explain why, and he didn't say what the outcome would be, but Cornelius followed the instructions. To acquire this meekness of spirit, ask the Holy Spirit that He would keep your proud and vainglorious nature nailed to the Cross. Similarly, as believers in Christ, we should respond in a manner that corresponds with our new life. Like a soldier or athlete in training (2 Timothy 2:3, 4, 5), we need to practice repeatedly until doing what's right comes naturally. Anger, malice, and ill will Can leave a stain of sorrow; Ask forgiveness by His grace Before it is tomorrow! Let us take care not to grieve Him by such inconsistencies. God builds His church with different stones, He makes each one belong; All shapes and sizes fit in place To make the structure strong. According to Jesus, how many times are we to forgive? He would get out his saws and clippers and begin cutting and shaping. 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