Paul was very aware of the Christian’s and the church’s struggle against flesh-and-blood problems. But he argues that these struggles are in fact not against flesh and blood, but against evil spiritual enemies. According to our text, the Christian individually and, more importantly, Christians corporately are really up against it. What shall we do? How can we succeed against such a powerful enemy? What does God expect of us? Clearly, from this text, God expects for us to stand. These verses introduce us to the church’s warfare. There is a general exhortation to stand strong (vv. 10–13) and then some particular applications on how to stand strong (vv. 14–20).
This series comprises the sermons preached at BBC during an exposition of the book of Ephesians.
|Far and Near, Wide and Deep (Acts 19:1–41)||Doug Van Meter||6 Sep 2015||Listen|
|God’s New Community (Ephesians 1:1–3)||Doug Van Meter||20 Sep 2015||Listen|
|Salvation Appointed; Bless God for Election (Ephesians 1:4–6)||Doug Van Meter||27 Sep 2015||Listen|
|Salvation Accomplished; Praise God for Redemption (Ephesians 1:7–10)||Doug Van Meter||11 Oct 2015||Listen|
|Salvation Applied; Praise God for Predestination (Ephesians 1:11–14)||Doug Van Meter||18 Oct 2015||Listen|
|Knowing God (Ephesians 1:15–17)||Doug Van Meter||1 Nov 2015||Listen|
|Knowing God, Together (Ephesians 1:15–18)||Doug Van Meter||8 Nov 2015||Listen|
|Knowing God, Knowing Your Identity (Ephesians 1:18–21)||Doug Van Meter||15 Nov 2015||Listen|
|Knowing God, Showing God (Ephesians 1:22–23)||Doug Van Meter||22 Nov 2015||Listen|
|Knowing God, Maximising Church (Ephesians 1:22–23)||Doug Van Meter||29 Nov 2015||Listen|