This past week my church looked at Ephesians 5:21-33, a controversial passage where God gives us a window into His good and perfect plan for marriage. It’s unfortunate that I have to use the word ‘controversial’ in there, but the reality is that this passage – wielding provocative concepts like headship and submission – is… Continue reading God’s Controversial Gift for Husbands and Wives
At my church we are continuing to move through our series in Ephesians, and this past Sunday I preached on Ephesians 5:8-21 (you can listen to it here). There’s one particular phrase in this passage that’s of particular interest for this post: be filled with the Spirit. Paul exhorts these new Christians to be filled with… Continue reading Are you “filled with the Spirit”?
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘ministry’? What is it, what does it look like, and who does it? I think this is a hugely important thing for us to get our heads around, because it totally shapes the way we view the church, service, and the Christian life as a… Continue reading Understanding True Christian Ministry
What does the Bible really say about money and giving? You often hear the words ‘tithe’ or ‘tithing’ thrown around when Christians talk about their giving, but this kind of language often betrays a fundamental misunderstanding about what the Bible actually teaches about how we should treat our money.
Heaven is a bit of a mysterious thing. We’re told Christians will be spending the rest of eternity there – that’s a lot of time. So, naturally, people want to know what it’s going to be like. How are we going to spend our time for those unending billions of years?
There are a bunch of times in the New Testament where we are told that as Christians we are together the temple of God, the place where His Spirit lives (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:22; 1 Peter 2:5). I think that the weight of these statements are sometimes lost on us,… Continue reading God’s Dwelling Place
Last Sunday I preached my first sermon since graduating Bible College, on Ephesians 2:1-10. It is an amazing passage about God’s grace, and there are a lot of deep truths in those ten short verses, so it was hard to keep the sermon down to 20 minutes. For this post, I want to dig just a… Continue reading God’s Amazing Grace
I’m preparing a sermon for this Sunday on Ephesians 2:1-10. It’s a great passage, and mostly it’s fairly straightforward, but there’s one phrase that’s is a bit confusing. Check it out: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the… Continue reading The Prince of the Power of the Air