EPHESIANS 3

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Ephesians 3:1-12

IT IS NO SECRET!

 

You might want to begin the message by reading the words to the song, "It Is No Secret" by Stuart Hamblen. He was a song writer and singer who came to know Christ as Savior. One night he was at a party, and Stuart made the comment "It is no secret what God can do". Upon leaving, his host suggested that he write a song about that statement. He went home and wrote the song in 17 minutes. The change in Hamblen's life when coming to Christ is an indication of just how true the words of the song are! Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37.

 

In this text we see four wonderful things that God did for Paul that He will also do for us through the mighty working of His power.

 

1. GOD CAN EMPOWER US TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES Vs. 1

Jews and Gentiles were enemies. How remarkable that Paul would end up loving his former enemies so much that he became a prisoner for their sakes. Acts 21:27-30, Acts 22:17-22.

God will also enable us to love our enemies. Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 22:36-40, John 14:34-35, Matthew 6:43-48

 

2. GOD CAN EMPOWER US TO UNDERSTAND HIS WORD Vss. 2-6

 

Paul and the other Apostles (See Acts 10:for Peter's story.) were given to understand a great mystery.

A "mystery" is a sacred secret. The mystery is that believing Gentiles would be fellow heirs of salvation with believing Jews.

Just as Paul was empowered to understand God's Word. Luke 8:10, 2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:11

 

3. GOD CAN EMPOWER US TO SERVE AS MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL. Vss. 7-9

The word minister means "servant". Paul considered it a special privilege to share the riches of Christ with the Gentiles. We too have the privilege of sharing Christ with others. Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15

 

4. GOD CAN EMPOWER US TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIMSELF. Vs. 12

We have bold access to the "Throne of Grace" through prayer.

1 John 5:14-15, James 5:16-18

 

 

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Ephesians 3:1-12

MISSIONARY AT WORK

 

PAUL'S PRIVILEGE - Vss. 1-6 - To understand the mystery that the Gentiles are to be fellow heirs in Christ

PAUL'S POSITION - Vss. 7-8 - A preacher of the Gospel to the Gentiles

PAUL'S PURPOSE - Vss. 9-11 - That people understand God's mystery

PAUL'S POWER - Vs. 12 - By faith

 

 

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Ephesians 3:7-8

THE JOYS OF MINISTRY

 

MINISTRY IS A PRIVILEGE - Vs. 7a

Paul was a minister (servant) by God's grace. None of us are worthy to be God's servants, but God has not only saved us by grace, but he has chosen to use us by grace. Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:3-8

 

MINISTRY IS IN HIS POWER - Vs. 7b

It is the power of God that makes us effective in ministry.

 

MINISTRY IS PRICELESS - Vs. 8

It is priceless to think that God would save a wretch like me, and use me to further His kingdom!

 

 

Ephesians 3:14-21

IN PRAYER

 

I personally believe that:

Satan would rather have me witness than pray.

Satan would rather have me study my Bible than pray.

Satan would rather have me fellowship with other believers than pray.

Satan would rather have me preach or teach than pray.

I feel this way because God is the all-powerful God of the universe. He has the power to answer prayer and to do great things. I pray first and then witness, study, fellowship, preach or teach, I will be doing it in the power of God! I must remember that Jesus said, "Without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)

 

In Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul tells the Ephesians how he prayed for them. In this passage we learn some important principles about prayer.

 

IN PRAYER GOD IS ACKNOWLEDGED - Vss. 14-15

When we pray, we need to think about the person that we are approaching. We need to realize that we are coming to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we are saved, we are coming to our Father (John 1:12-13, Matthew 6:9) in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:13-14). There is a sense in which God is Father of all (Vs. 15). He is the one who has created and named the whole family of Heaven and earth.

 

IN PRAYER GOD IS ASKED - Vss. 16-19

Paul is praying for the Spiritual needs of the Ephesians.

We can ask God the same things for our own church and other churches we know.

It is proper to pray for those who are sick, but let's not forget their Spiritual needs as well.

IN PRAYER GOD IS APPRECIATED - Vss. 20-21

God is to be praised! He can do greatly more than we would ever ask or think! And this power is at work inside of us. May our desire be that He be glorified in His Son through His church!

 

 

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Ephesians 3:14-21

INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS

 

PAUL'S CRY TO GOD - Vss. 14-15

 

PAUL'S CONCERNS BROUGHT TO GOD - Vss. 16-19

 

1. Strength from the Spirit - Vs. 16

2. Sovereignty of the Son - Vss. 17a

3. Love of the Saints - Vss. 17b-19a

4. Fullness of God - Vs. 19b

 

PAUL'S CONFIDENCE IN GOD - Vss. 20-21

 

 

 

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