Sermons on “Ephesians”
Miguel wraps up our study of Ephesians with the 6th chapter of Paul’s letter. In this chapter, Paul covers being “under authority” – both at home and at work. God’s command to “honor thy father & mother” regards being under authority of parents. Interestingly, it is the 1st commandment with a promise: specifically, “that it may be well with you” all the days of your life.
It seems, however, that much of the chaos of modern society is in part due to the fact that we’ve become “child centered.” Miguel explains that there are 2 fundamental questions every child has: 1) Am I loved? and, 2) Can I do whatever I want to do? God, as our Father, demonstrated His answer to the first by the sacrifice of His son on the cross. That’s how loved we are! And in response to #2, God establishes boundaries for us (also as a sign of love) because these boundaries are designed to protect us from harm.
Paul also points out that we do not fight against “flesh & blood” but against “principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places.” Therefore, our coming and going must be like that of a Roman soldier… well girded for battle, but not with earthly armor. Instead, spiritual armor… the whole armor of God… and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. In this way, we will not only STAND in battle, but advance – spreading the Good News of salavation throughout all the earth.View Sermon
Miguel discusses how our relationship with God is like music; where our Father leads (melody) and we follow (harmony). Harmony is essentially an imitation of the melody. And likewise, in this chapter of Ephesians, Paul reminds us to be imitators of God the Father, “as dear children.”
Miguel also touches on how to gauge whether you can trust God; and how you can know that Christianity is the real deal.
What value do you place on your car? Your house? Your health? Your pets? Your kids? Your spouse?
What about your friends?
In today’s message, Miguel shows us that the “value” of something is what another person is willing to pay for it.
What is YOUR worth? It all depends on how you identify yourself.
Paul opens his letter to the Ephesians by identifying himself, not as a Roman, not as one of the elite Pharisees of his day, but as someone with a value far beyond this world. Someone worth so much that another willingly gave his life for him… and you.