Text: Ephesians 3:14-19

My goal today is to persuade each of us to stay in love with Christ. When you are in love, you do good things naturally out of love. Unmanipulated. Not coerced and not out of duty.

Background: The Ephesian church had an ongoing conflict both within and outside its congregation. The verses in our passage from 14 to 21 are Paul’s prayer for empowerment calling them to focus on the love of Christ. This love of Christ is immeasurable—which encompasses all things—goes beyond all knowledge (1 John 4).

Outline of the Main Idea:

Pursuing Love: Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” In fact, God loved us first (1 Jn 4:19). John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see the glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” Read Luke 15:3-7.

Painful Love: Isaiah 53; Dane Ortlund said, “Your suffering does not define you. His does. You have endured pain involuntarily. He has endured pain voluntarily, for you. Your pain is meant to push you to flee to him where he endured what you deserve.” The victorious love of Christ perseveres. Painful as it was, it endures forever. Richard Sibbes said, “There can be no victory where there is no combat.”

Persevering Love: John 13:1, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Dane Ortlund said, “We love until we are betrayed. Jesus continued to the cross despite betrayal. We love until we are forsaken. Jesus loved through forsakenness. We love up to a limit. Jesus loves to the end.” Romans 8, no one can separate us from His love.

Conclusion: Benediction

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

 

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Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

All-Sufficient Grace of Christ (Full Sermon Manuscript)

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Background:

Paul wrote this letter in a more apologetic, argumentative, or lawyer-like tone addressing the false accusations against him by fake Christian leaders.

Thorn in the flesh: (1) Paul’s inner psychological struggles; (2) Paul’s opponents, who continued to persecute him; (3) some kind of physical affliction; or (4) some kind of demonic harassment.

Main Idea:

The thorn is a messenger from Satan designed to torment Paul. But God has a purpose for the thorn. What Satan intended for evil; God turned for good. *Like Joseph the Dreamer, in Genesis 50:19-21:

“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Jesus did not take away the thorn; Jesus gave Paul more of himself (v 9). Jesus said, “what you need is more of me”. Al Mohler commented, “God’s solution to earthly suffering is not to take away the trials to make earth a paradise. His answer to suffering is to give us more of himself and his all-sufficient grace so that we have enough to endure the trials.”

Application:

  1. Growing through Trials
  2. Grasping the all-sufficient Grace of Christ
  3. Glorifying God’s Power in Our Lives

Conclusion:

We need extraordinary measures in extraordinary times. We do not want a stagnant kind of life—no progress and is bound to fail. We ought to mitigate this situation both in our personal lives and communal life by depending on the grace of God by growing through trials, grasping Christ more, and glorifying God in all circumstances.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
May 1, 2022

 

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Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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Introduction:

Generally speaking, what we will consistently see is Paul’s appeal that 1) the Gospel should be central for them, the church, and 2) they should mature in their faith – this includes the pursuit of holiness in their life in Christ.

The Gospel declares that Jesus resurrected from the dead.

Outline:

  • What is the Gospel for a Christian?
  • The content of the gospel Paul preached.
  • Concrete evidence of Jesus’ resurrection
  • Paul’s testimony of grace

Conclusion:

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Do not waste your life on the vain things of this world rather let us not hesitate to submit to the will of God and do not hesitate to obey knowing that our resurrection in Christ is at hand. As Christ prayed, with the contradiction of His real struggle at that point of prayer: Father, not My will but Your will be done. 

 

Ptr. Uziel Idurot
One Body Christian Ministry
April 10, 2022

 

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