Children and Parents (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Children and Parents (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Ephesians 6:1-4

I. The responsibility of children (Ephesians 6:1-3)

    A. Obey your parents – listen to, hearken (Matthew 8:27; Acts 6:7; Acts 12:13)
    B. This is right – righteous, just (Hebrews 10:38; James 5:16; 1 Peter 3:12)
    C. Honor (Exodus 20:12)

      1. One cannot honor God if he does not honor his parents (Matthew 15:3-9)
      2. Honor also commanded toward widows (1 Timothy 5:3), to all men and to the king (1 Peter 2:17)

    D. The first commandment with promise

II. The duty of parents—specifically fathers (Ephesians 6:4)

    A. Do not provoke your children to wrath
    B. Bring them up (Proverbs 22:6)
    C. Training and admonition – a balance of positive and negative (2 Timothy 3:16)

Materialism (Matthew 6:19-24)

Materialism (Matthew 6:19-24)

Matthew 6:19-24

I. Man’s heart, desire, and focus will follow his treasure (6:19-21)

    A. Warnings against greed (Luke 12:13-21; Matthew 13:22; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Psalm 52:6-7; Proverbs 11:28)
    B. Our goal: serve God with whatever we have whenever it is needed (Matthew 19:16-22)

II. Good eye vs. bad eye (6:22-23)

    A. Where is our focus? (Colossians 3:1-3)
    B. The good eye sees the eternal benefits of using one’s material goods for God; he is “full of light”
    C. But the bad eye focuses on the here and now; short-sighted; “full of darkness…how great is that darkness!”

III. The decision: God or mammon? (6:24)

    A. Mammon = wealth personified
    B. Careful stewardship and contentment are in harmony with the Lord’s teaching (Luke 16:1-13; Hebrews 13:5)
    C. The decision is ours to make (Romans 6:16-18)

The Husband and the Wife — Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33)

The Husband and the Wife --- Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Ephesians 5:22-33

I. Marriage as a figure of Christ and His church

    A. We are Christ’s body (Ephesians 5:30)
    B. Marriage instituted in Eden (Ephesians 5:31; Genesis 2:24; Luke 14:26)
    C. The church, part of God’s eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:10-11), foreshadowed by the marriage of Adam and Eve

II. The wife’s responsibility to her husband

    A. Submission (Ephesians 5:22-24, 33)
    B. Love for the family, discretion, purity, homemaking, and obedience (Titus 2:4-5)

III. The husband’s responsibility to his wife

    A. Lead in love (Ephesians 5:23, 25, 28, 33)
    B. Provision and protection (Ephesians 5:29)

IV. Christ is the head of the church

    A. Sacrificial love (Ephesians 5:25)
    B. He sanctifies and cleanses the church in baptism (Ephesians 5:26)
    C. Provision and protection (Ephesians 5:29)

V. The church’s responsibility to Christ

    A. Submission (Ephesians 5:23-24)
    B. Moral purity and holiness (Ephesians 5:27)

Comfort from God (Isaiah 40:1-11)

Comfort from God (Isaiah 40:1-11)

Isaiah 40:1-11

I. The comfort and assurance of pardon (Isaiah 40:1-2)

    A. Comfort in the New Testament (Matthew 5:4; Romans 15:4-5; 1 Corinthians 14:3; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:18)
    B. Comfort through companionship with God (1 John 1:6-7; 2 Cor. 12:7-10)

II. Preparation for the Lord (Isaiah 40:3-5)

    A. Common practice for ancient Near East rulers
    B. Prophecy of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23)
    C. Preparation through repentance (Luke 3:3, 10-14; Matthew 25:31-45; James 2:14-17; Luke 19:8; Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:5-9)

III. The endurance of God’s Word (Isaiah 40:6-8)

    A. Brevity of life (James 1:9-11; cf. Matthew 6:19-21)
    B. Man’s inability to save himself (1 Peter 1:22-25)

IV. Shout the good news! (Isaiah 40:9-11)

    A. The message goes forth out of Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3; Acts 1:8; 8:1, 4)
    B. The Messiah is God’s “arm” (Isaiah 51:4-5; 52:7-10; 53:1; Luke 1:51)
    C. The Good Shepherd (John 10:14)
    D. Characterized by strength and tenderness (Matthew 11:29)

The Music of the Church (Ephesians 5:18-21)

The Music of the Church (Ephesians 5:18-21)

Ephesians 5:18-21

I. “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)

    A. Companion passage found in Colossians 3:16
    B. Let the Bible interpret itself! To “be filled with the Spirit” is to “let the word of Christ dwell in you”

II. The music question (Ephesians 5:19)

    A. “Speaking to one another” – reciprocation
    B. “In psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” – focus on the content of the songs
    C. “Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” – not for entertainment, but for worship – God is the audience, not us

III. Gratitude to God (Eph. 5:20) and submission to the brethren (Eph. 5:21)

    A. Our attitude before the Almighty (Colossians 3:17; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)
    B. Our attitude toward one another (Gal. 6:1-2; Rom. 12:9-16; Phil. 2:1-4)

Do Not Be Drunk With Wine (Ephesians 5:18)

Do Not Be Drunk With Wine (Ephesians 5:18)

Ephesians 5:18

I. “Wine” in the Bible –– context matters!

    A. “New wine…firstfruits…first ripe fruit” (Numbers 18:12-13)
    B. “New wine…found in the cluster” (Isaiah 65:8)
    C. “Raisin cakes” (Hosea 3:1)
    D. The juice of the grape (Isaiah 16:10)
    E. Alcohol (Genesis 9:21)

II. What the Old Testament says about alcohol

    A. Priests (Leviticus 10:8-11)
    B. Civil leaders (Proverbs 31:4-5)
    C. Leads to poverty (Proverbs 23:21)
    D. Should not be given to others (Habakkuk 2:15)
    E. “Whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1)
    F. Leads to all kinds of immorality (Proverbs 23:29-35)
    G. Don’t even look at it! (Proverbs 23:31)

III. What the New Testament says about alcohol

    A. “Do not be drunk with wine” (Ephesians 5:18)
    B. It is improper (Romans 13:13)
    C. “The will of the Gentiles” (1 Peter 4:3-4)
    D. We are to be persons of self-control (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-11)
    E. It will keep one from heaven (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
    F. Hope for those who have been deceived (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Into Our Hands the Gospel is Given

Into Our Hands the Gospel is Given

I. Verse 1

    A. “Swiftly…swiftly…” (James 4:14)
    B. “How are we using God’s golden moments?” (Ephesians 5:16)
    C. “Shall we reap glory? Shall we reap tears?” (Galatians 6:7)

II. Verse 2

    A. “Millions…” (Matthew 7:13-14)
    B. “Shall we sit idly…” (Matthew 9:35-38)

III. Verse 3

    A. “Souls that are precious” (John 3:16)
    B. “Souls that are dying” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
    C. “While we rejoice our sins are forgiven” (Philippians 4:4) – may our joy motivate us to tell others!
    D. “Did He not also die for these lost ones?…” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

IV. Chorus

    A. “Into our hands the gospel is given, into our hands is given the light, Haste, let us carry God’s precious message, guiding the erring back to the right”
    B. Matthew 28:18-20

Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Ephesians 5:15-17; Judges 6-7

I. How is time “redeemed”?

    A. To “redeem” is to buy back again
    B. Past darkness vs. present light (Ephesians 5:8)
    C. Past mistakes should serve as motivation to make the most of present opportunities

II. The example of Gideon

    A. A time of darkness in Israel (Judges 6:1-10)
    B. Gideon’s task: save his people (Judges 6:14, 25-26)
    C. Gideon’s obstacles: fearful and careless men (Judges 7:3-7)
    D. Gideon’s needs:

      1. Faith (Judges 6:12-16)
      2. Strength (Judges 6:12)
      3. Obedience (Judges 6:27)
      4. Humility (Judges 7:2; 6:15)
      5. Courage (Judges 6:27)

III. Present parallels

    A. A time of darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    B. Our task: save our people by pointing them to Jesus (Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 9:6; 10:6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2)
    C. Our obstacles: fear and carelessness (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Ephesians 5:15)
    D. Our needs:

      1. Faith (Romans 10:17)
      2. Strength (Ephesians 6:10)
      3. Obedience (Hebrews 5:9; Matthew 7:21)
      4. Humility (James 4:6, 10)
      5. Courage (Ephesians 6:18-20; 1 Peter 3:14)

Adapted from a sermon by Curtis E. Flatt (1921-2018)

The Motivation Behind Our Actions (Matthew 6:1-18)

The Motivation Behind Our Actions (Matthew 6:1-18)

Matthew 6:1-18

I. Giving (Matthew 6:1-4)

    A. Do not seek publicity
    B. Others may cite your deeds to motivate others, but we should not publicize them for ourselves (Mark 12:41-44; Acts 4:36-37)
    C. God is the rewarder

II. Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

    A. Our personal prayers should be private petitions, not public proclamations (Matthew 6:5-8; Luke 18:10-14)
    B. The model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; 1 John 1:8-9)
    C. The condition of forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15)

III. Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18)

    A. Denying oneself food to focus on spiritual matters
    B. Practiced by the early church (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23)
    C. Jesus’ point: whatever you do, do it for God, not to draw attention to yourself!

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

Ephesians 5:1-17

I. Walk in love

    A. Imitate the love of Christ’s sacrifice (Ephesians 5:1-2; Rom 12:1-2)
    B. There are activities “not fitting for saints” (Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21)
    C. “Let no one deceive you” (Ephesians 5:6-7)

      1. Jesus was a “friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34)
      2. But He had the aim of teaching and converting, not “partying with them” – our aim must be the same (Matthew 5:13-16)

II. Walk in light

    A. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit “in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:8-10; Galatians 5:22-23)
    B. No fellowship with darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    C. Responsibility to expose darkness (Ephesians 5:12-14)

III. Walk in wisdom

    A. “Circumspectly” – “exactly, accurately, diligently” (Ephesians 5:15)
    B. “Redeeming the time” – taking advantage of opportunities as presented, as you do not know how many opportunities remain! (Ephesians 5:16)
    C. “Understand” (Ephesians 5:17; 3:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)

But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)