Tag Archives: In Christ

Built Together

Biblical Text: Ephesians 2:11-22
Full Sermon Draft

Today we welcomed back Tim Bayer (and family) who is our seminarian. So I got a week off from the pulpit. This is Tim’s sermon continuing our study of Ephesians this summer. I put the title Built Together on this. We are built together into Christ regardless of our identities prior. Our one true identity is a child of God through Jesus Christ. Enjoy.

All Praise and Glory

Biblical Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 NLT
Full Sermon Draft

There is a saying that all theology ends in doxology. For those who don’t know, the doxology is simply a hymn of praise to the Triune God. What it means is that at the end of all our contemplation and argument and understanding of God is simply praise. He is God and we aren’t. There are biblical books that operate in that zone: Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, some of the minor prophets, but Paul does not work there. There is a joy in Paul even in the midst of his sufferings. And the opening to Ephesians captures that. And that Joy is centered in the eternal workings of Father, Son and Spirit. Eternal workings that have been given to us by the Father’s good pleasure. Eternal workings found in Christ. Eternal workings brought to their completion by the Spirit. Eternal workings for the purpose of praise and glory.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Genesis 7:11-8:12 and Mark 3:20-35

Genesis 7:11-8:12
Mark 3:20-35
Flood & Baptism
Water, Blood and Spirit Crying (LSB 597)