Series • Ephesians

10. Why Do We Go to Church? (Ephesians 2:1-10)

Ephesians Series • 10. Why Do We Go to Church?  – Ephesians 2:1-10 (June 21, 2020) Because we are in Christ by the grace of God, all of our blessings are “in Christ.” Since God loved us long before we ever existed, we are able to love Him. We owe our very lives to Christ. God has commanded that we worship Him. Therefore, we ought to be in church actively thanking Him for His amazing grace!

9. The Church Is Everything (Ephesians 1:19-23)

Ephesians Series • 9. The Church Is Everything – Ephesians 1:19-23 (June 14, 2020) Elder Bryce preaches from the last few verses of Ephesians chapter 1 showing us how precious the church is to Christ. The local assembly is the Bride of Christ. He cares for it and loves it. The most important things to God is His church. Therefore, the church should have priority in our lives.

8. Paul’s Prayer (Ephesians 1:15-20)

Ephesians Series • 8. Paul’s Prayer – Ephesians 1:15-20 (June 7, 2020) In this message from the expository series on the Letter to the Ephesians, Elder Bryce describes God’s design for the pastor of a local church. It is through the local church, with God guiding an undershepherd, that He feeds His children. God gives the man a heart for the people he pastors so that he will be willing and able to teach the things they need the most in their lives.

7. Sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise (Ephesians 1:8-14)

Ephesians Series • 7. Sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise – Ephesians 1:8-14 (May 31, 2020) Having seen that we are saved by grace plus nothing in the first seven verses of the letter, Elder Bryce shows that our belief of the gospel is the key to our joy and peace. Being sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise only comes when we trust Jesus.

6. In Whom We Have Redemption (Ephesians 1:7)

Ephesians Series • 6. In Whom We Have Redemption (May 24, 2020) /Ephesians 1:7/ Today’s message followed an introduction by Brother Jonah Lowrance describing the natural state of man with God’s grace. Build upon that premise, Elder Bryce teaches that our redemption is not by our will or works, nor is it a choice we made for Christ. Our redemption is based on the fact that God chose us in Christ before the word began. Therefore, our redemption is in HIM and solely by the will and pleasure of God.

5. How Do I Know That I Am in Christ (1st John 2)

Ephesians Series • 5. How Do I Know That I Am in Christ? (May 17, 2020) /1st John 2:3-10/ Last week we joined the Apostle Paul in a doxology about God’s will in the covenant of redemption. We learned that God secured the eternal destiny of all His children by a sovereign work of grace. This week Elder Bryce explains to us how we can know that we are part of the elect family of God.

4. Adoring God (Ephesians 1:3-6)

Ephesians Series • 4. Adoring God (May 10, 2020) /Ephesians 1:3-6/ Elder Bryce continues in Ephesians chapter 1 where the Apostle Paul writes a doxology about the grace of God. Contrary to the contemporary praise songs sung in so many churches today, the Apostle doesn’t just say “God is blessed” and repeat that chorus multiple times. Paul says that God is blessed, and then he gives reasons why! The doctrines of election, predestination, justification, etc. are given as the basis for singing praise to God for His sovereign grace.

3. To the Saints and Faithful (Ephesians 1:1-2)

Ephesians Series • 3. To The Saints and Faithful (May 3, 2020) Elder Bryce continues his series on Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. Today’s sermon explores the two titles that Paul uses for the members of this church. First of all, he calls them saints. A saint is not an award given by men. It is a title given by God to all His children when He set them apart in election. Secondly, Paul calls them faithful. Not only were these members children of God, they were active in the church with a passion for one another and the Lord. Elder Lowrance closes this sermon with a charge for us to be busy in the kingdom of God.

2. The Will of God (Ephesians 1:1-11)

Elder Bryce preaches beginning in Ephesians chapter one contrasting the the will of man and the will of God. With several scriptural proofs he shows that the Bible has very little, if any, good thing to say about the will of man. However, the Bible is filled with glorious examples of God fulfilling his will by His power according to His pleasure. In this sermon, we are charged to discover the will of God in His word and live thereby. This message was preached at Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church on April 26, 2020.

1. Thy First Love (Revelation 2:1-4; Acts 18 & 19)

Revelation 2:1-4; Acts 18 & 19 • Today’s sermon is titled “Thy First Love” and begins a series of sermons based on Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. Elder Lowrance’s first message in this series begins in the book of Revelation as Jesus confronts this church for leaving their first love. He then traces the history of the founding of the church at Ephesus in the Book of Acts to show that this love was their passion for Christ and for one another in the church. This message was preached at Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church on April 5, 2020 during the early weeks of the Covid-19 Pandemic.