We are remember our former way of life. From the noble idea of the elevation of the heathen to equal privileges with the Jews, the apostle proceeds to a second prayer for the Ephesian converts, in which he rises to still greater elevation of thought. We use this tool as our primary means of communication. Comprehension is important, friends. Emmaus is a Reformed Baptist church in Hemet, California. His love is all about it us. They are so huge that cars can drive through them and dances can be held on their stumps. Do you pray for others as Paul prayed, that God, by his grace would strengthen them in the inner being? "As with the 1st century church for whom this letter was written, we need strengthening, and a vision of what it means to be filled for the fullness of God (which is Christ himself), so that we can recognize where the glory of God is present." Are you walking in Christ, and is he dwelling in you? But, the little boy insisted. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20, ESV). The core thing for which Paul prayed was that the believers in Ephesus would be “strengthened with power… in [their] inner being.” You are aware of this, I am sure, that there is an outer man, and there is an inner man. Be sure to check it often and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. They had no sacred altar or any sacred artifacts to use as a centerpiece for their worship. ... * First, the result of preaching and living the unsearchable riches of Christ, would be the growth of the church. Passage: Ephesians 3:14-21. In the ESV the “that” is found in the middle of verse 17, but it goes with the petition found in verses 18 and 19. Paul wanted his listeners to understand that they didn’t live in a vacuum. Recent Sermons. And this was in fact the way that Paul spoke of his own strivings. Comments Off on Sermon: Ephesians 3:14-21: That You May Know The Love Of Christ Posted by Joe, "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ." Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. He convicts us of sin. A. Here in Ephesians 3:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the profound importance of the transformed inner man. Paul also said that to be grounded in love is to comprehend all the breath, length, height and depth. The first is that of a plant or a tree. Our faith becomes stronger when we see ourselves as something much larger. The application will begin in 4:1 with the word, “therefore”. Instead, I mean that Paul was religious, reverent and God-fearing in all the best ways. Ephesians 3:14-21. And please notice that Paul brings this doctrinal portion of his epistle to a conclusion with prayer. Ephesians 3:14 –21 [14] For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, [15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, [16] that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may have strength to … If our love for God is sincere, we will pray. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. So how does Christ “dwell” in our hearts? Introduction to Paul's prayer 3… 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. How is this possible? This ability to grasp or comprehend the love of Christ for us is not reserved for a few within the church, but is for all of the saints. We need it all the time. Please join us for a four-week study in which we will make a case from the scriptures for local church membership and introduce the ministries, government, doctrines, and distinctive's of Emmaus Reformed Baptist Church. Paul’s prayer for us that we would comprehend the love of Christ with all the saints. That is brought to a fitting conclusion with this prayer and doxology, as the author prays that the church be filled by the God who is able to do more than we can imagine. But the Christian should be humble and reverent — deeply devoted to God and to the things of God. The temple was in ruins. I have learned more from your sermons and the exegesis than all the schooling the Methodists can toss at me. However, he interrupts himself when describing … Three, Paul’s prayer to the Father was that the Ephesians would be strengthened through the Spirit so that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” You’ll notice the Trinitarian structure of this passage, I’m sure. Sermon: A Call to Prayer – Part One Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21 Date: February 16, 2020 Speaker: Dr. Barry Jimmerson Location: Northgate Baptist Church Pastor: Dr. Barry Jimmerson Paul seems to treat them as prayer goals.--- Purchase The Godly Man and its ten studies in easy epub or pdf format! First, it is important to see here that the apostle Paul is praying for the Ephesians. I. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV), through the planting of local churches, both at home and abroad. They are unified as one — Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, male and female, slave and free — for they all sons of God through faith in the Beloved Son of God. “You see Sir, I haven’t had much of a chance to be normal, that’s why we need each other.”. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. The roots practically lay on top of the ground. So when all is considered, what did Paul pray for when he prayed that the Ephesians would be strengthened in the inner being? In the Emmaus Chapel at Cornerstone In addition, we believe that God has ordained the gathering of all generations, young to old, to worship Him together in one place and at one time. May God Grant Christ’s Authority in Our Lives. Ephesians 3:14-21 (Part 2) We began our examination of this morning’s passage two weeks ago. Everywhere we look — be it up or down, before us or behind us, or to this side or that, we see evidence of Christ’s love. Hemet, CA 92544, MAILING ADDRESS And this is also my prayer for you, that God would strengthen you spiritually, in the inner being. Children’s Sermons What happens is the roots reach out in all directions and they get tangled up with the roots from other Redwoods. Take, for example, what Christ said to his disciples in John 14:15-16: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. One time there was a little boy who wanted to have a puppy. Ephesians 3:14-21: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics ... comprehensive, and sublime to be found in all Scripture. Again, we must remember the theme of “temple” that has developed within Ephesians. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16, ESV). If they do not yet have faith in Christ, then we should pray for their salvation. Sermons from Ephesians Praying for Your Prodigal (Ephesians 1:18) Praying for Your Prodigal (Ephesians 1:18) Open My Eyes, Lord (Ephesians 1:15-23) Open My Eyes, Lord (Ephesians 1:15-23) The Truth About You (Ephesians 2:1-3) Amazing Grace (Ephesians 2:1-10) Amazing Grace (Ephesians 2:1-9) Beyond Your Dreams (Ephesians 3:14-21) It is possible to grasp something but to at the same time acknowledge that the thing is deeper still. And having prayed for this gift from God, we should then rise up from prayer to strive after him with “all [God’s] energy that he powerfully works within [us]”, exhorting our brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same. The second step is to experience this love of God. You must read it and listen to it preached. And just as the tabernacle in Moses’ day, and the temple in Solomon’s, was filled with the glory of God upon completion, so too the Christian individually, and the church corporately, is to be filled and overflowing with all the fullness of God — and this is Paul’s prayer. Christ is not received by works, but by faith alone, so that no one may boast. A lone Redwood tree growing by itself wouldn’t last long, but a Redwood forest can last for thousands of years. The store manager came over and asked if he could help. ( B) he may strengthen you with power. That You Would Comprehend The Love Of Christ (3:18-19a). In the first half Paul teaches. You have been redeemed by the Father to function as God’s temple. He prayed that we would be strengthened in the faith to function as a temple of Christ. There Paul prays that the Ephesians would “have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3:18–19a, ESV). If our love for others is true, we will pray. We need to develop relationships with others whose lives also have a connection to the community of faith. Wives, do you pray for your husband that  they would be strengthened in the inner man. Do you “know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? He went to the pet store and observed a litter of puppies in the window. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:15–17, ESV). He was the runt of the litter. Some live in the city while others live in the country. And we must learn to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called. And perhaps nothing is more revealing concerning one’s piety than consistency in private prayer. This is not Paul being innovative. And faith itself is a gift from God. ( A) before the Father, 15 from whom every family[ a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. It has been published online for the benefit of the saints of Emmaus Reformed Baptist Church, but without the benefit of proofreading.]. If you have been to Yosemite or Sequoia National Park you have enjoyed the beauty of the majestic Redwood. Ephesians 3:14-21. Sermons Paul's apostolic burden 3:1-13. They are so huge that cars can drive through them and dances can be held on their stumps. Emmaus Reformed Baptist Church is committed to the fullfilment of the Great Commision given by our Lord when he said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. We should not be afraid to pursue piety in the Christian life. To comprehend is to grasp. This one is addressed to the church at Ephesus, a city on the West Coast of the land that we now call Turkey. Your children participated in VBS and they are singing as a part of worship. Paul is not here saying that every family in heaven and on earth bears God’s name, which I suppose would in a sense be true, given that God is Creator of all. A podcast devoted to discussions concerning Christian doctrine and the Christian life from a confessionally Reformed Baptist perspective. Elders, are we praying for the member of this congregation as Paul prayed? In the Greek it is has the form of a song. And hopefully, we will be a congregation who can see the forest through the trees by seeing ourselves as a small, but vital part of a much larger faith community. We camped with several other families in the church. But rather Paul is here emphasizing that in heaven and on earth there is one family of God that bears God’s name. But the true “breadth and length and height and depth” is beyond our ability to fully comprehend. Two, Paul says that this power from God the Father is worked in the believer through his Spirit. As Paul  says elsewhere, “So we do not lose heart. And this is my prayer for you, that you too would comprehend the love of Christ for you. Notice a few things about Paul’s prayer for strength in the inner being: One, he prays that God would “grant” this strength to the believer “according to the riches of his glory”. We need to realize that we are coming to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. While it is true that we must make effort in the Christian life, this does not nullify the fact that we are always and ever dependent upon God’s grace. This passage of Ephesians 3:14-21 refers to two important stages in reaching such heights of love. It is in verse 16 thatPaul reported to the Ephesians that he bowed his knees before the Father and prayed “…that according to the riches of [God’s] glory he may grant [them] to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in [their] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [their] hearts through faith… being rooted and grounded in love…” (Ephesians 3:16–17, ESV). As Paul said, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14–15, NIV84). The Gentiles being “no longer strangers and aliens, but… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord…” (Ephesians 2:19–22, ESV). When we comprehend God’s love for us in Christ we are then moved to love and obey him more and more out of gratitude for his grace. Our hope is that you will make Emmaus your home and that you will begin to grow with us as we study the scriptures and, through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, live in a way that honors our great King. Concerning his gospel ministry he said, “For this I toil, struggling with all [God’s] energy that he powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:29, ESV). God has established the forest, which we call the church in which we are to grow. I understand that the word “pious” has taken on a negative meaning over time. Jesus tells us, “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). And we should remember that the Paul bowed his knees before the Father and prayed as he did “for this reason”, which referred back to what Paul had written in Ephesians chapter 2. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. He prays that we would be able to wrap our minds around the width and length of it, the hight and the depth. Tell me friends, do you sense God’s presence with you? It is the grove factor, the tree growing in close proximity to one another, that help the great Redwoods to withstand nature’s onslaught. Paul told the Church at Ephesus that they should be “rooted and grounded in love.” Like the Redwood trees our faith will be stronger when we are tangled with others in close proximity. Click here for more information. Used by permission. Again, the ESV says, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”  The NKJV says, “from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” And the NIV84 says. 43430 E. Florida Ave. #F329Hemet, CA 92544. But, like the great Redwood trees, without entangled roots we won’t last long, especially when we face difficulties or crises. GET YOUR FOUR FREE SAMPLES! Today we are enjoying the fruits of our vacation Bible school. He was devout. If you are daily praying through that prayer which is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, then you will certainly pray for this under the third petition, which is “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 14-15. a. That, after all, is what Christ himself said in the passage that I read just a moment ago regarding the Holy Spirit. Now, therefore, you go and do the same. In Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul tells the Ephesians how he prayed for them. His habit was to “bow [his] knees before the Father.”. Strengthen me. Friends, you were created to know God and to enjoy sweet communion with him, and this is what Christ has accomplished. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he … To stand tall in our faith means we must have strong roots. Yes, Paul was a skilled writer — a theologian par excellence. They are brothers and sisters, who bear God’s name. A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “HEY DICK, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! There were several committee meetings here this past week. We can feel so weak in our Christian walk but God wants you to know the strength that is accessible to you. He has adopted these children — both those who are alive today on earth, and those who have gone to glory and are with God in heaven — in Christ, the eternal Son of God come in the flesh. In fact, it has almost become taboo to talk about our faith, our lives in the church or how we see God working in the world. In Ephesians 2:22 Paul said, “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” In 3:17 Paul reported to pray that “Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith…” And here in 3:19 Paul reports to pray that the Christian be filled “with all the fullness of God.” We have been redeemed by the blood of Christ so that God the Father, Son and Spirit might dwell with us and in us by the agency of the Spirit, for we are his temple. "THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY." I am greatly encouraged by this prayer; particularly when I consider the man who prayed it—and especially when I consider that it was a prayer that was preserved for our edification by the Holy Spirit Himself. In chapter 2 and the first half of chapter 3, Paul talked about the great transformation that God has wrought in their lives, from death to life (2:1-10)—and how Christians are no longer divided into Jew and Gentile, but are now one in Christ Jesus (2:11-22). May God Grant Spiritual Strength. He begins by pointing out Paul’s manner of prayer for the Ephesians. Paul’s prayer is that all Christians would comprehend God’s love for them. October 25, 2005. And there are few points of application that I might draw from this. It is “for this reason…” — or, because of these marvelous truths previously presented  — that Paul bowed his knees “before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14–15, NIV84). Alec Rowlands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. Chapters 1-3 are an expansive statement about God’s overflowing and saving grace. On January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh climbed into a submersible vessel and were lowered into the cold, lonely darkness. Sermon: Powerful Praying (Ephesians 3:14-21) 1. In Romans 9:23 The riches of His glory, on His vessels of mercy. Never should the Christian be self-righteous, proud or aloof. Paul — the great Apostle of the early church, the great missionary and theologian — was, like his Savior, a man of prayer. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:14-21. It is only right for to begin by making this simple observation: Paul was a man of prayer. Therefore, each and every Sunday our children worship the Lord alongside their parents and other members of God’s family. Sermons Ephesians 3:14–21. And so it is with the love of Christ. 12:15pm Sunday Evenings Ephesians 3:14-21 . It is not sameness that will make us a strong community of faith but rather diversity, people of different backgrounds and faith journeys coming together as one. In this passage we learn some important principles about prayer. And I wonder, are you  growing stronger in the inner man? Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9–13, ESV). September 1, 1996. Ephesians 2 would be a great place to go to reflect upon these truths, for it is there that Paul presented them, and here he prays that you would have the strength to comprehend what he has written. Notice that Christ is said to dwell in our hearts “by faith”. Today’s text comes from the book of Ephesians, Chapter 3, verses 14-21. Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses prayer in three important principles from this passage. (Colossians 1:28, ESV), on Sermon: Ephesians 3:14-21: That You May Know The Love Of Christ, Sermon: Ephesians 3:14-21: That You May Know The Love Of Christ. In other words, one of the ways that we grow strong in the inner man is to grow in our comprehension of the love of God for us in Christ Jesus. Paul concludes his description of our identity in Ephesians 3:14-21 by teaching that we have been strengthened in Christ. He has surrounded us with hi love. Paul is here describing prayer, and then he goes on to reveal to us the content of his prayers for the redeemed in Ephesus. You must be in God’s word. Yes, this means we must examine ourselves to see if there is anything lacking. People of all races and kinds would turn from sin to God, in Christ. The children are singing songs they have learned over the past week. Again, Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “that according to the riches of [God’s] glory he may grant [them] to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in [their] inner being…”. Ephesians 3:17b says, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,” (NIV ®). The Prayer for Strengthening (3:14-16) 10:00am Sunday Mornings People rarely discuss their religion and almost never share personal experiences that affect the way they believe. Biblical Commentary When we come together has God’s people we are to contemplate the love of God that has been shown to us in Christ Jesus. It is one of Paul’s letters to the early churches. And these are all one. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Yes, he was a great missionary and church planter. Godliness does require effort,  friends. These classes focus on the study of systematic theology, biblical theology, church history, and other topics practical to Christian living. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The recipients of this letter were mostly Gentile Christians. Why Don’t they? In the second half he makes application based upon the doctrines that he has taught. 1. The Realm is our church's online network. We must fight against temptation. First of all, Paul prayed for the Ephesians that they would be strengthened in the inner being. Given that our growth in faith is itself a gift from God, then it is only right that we regularly petition the Father for that gift. That one was not very healthy. That you would grow in faith and in you love for God and one another. Paul uses two word pictures to express what he is praying for (c.f., Col 2:6-7). Are you growing in faith? Here in Ephesians Paul reports to have prayed for the strengthening of the inner man. What better way for Paul to conclude this passage — and the whole first half of his epistle —  than to give glory to God on behalf of all the redeemed, Jew and Gentile alike, saying, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Ephesians 3.14-21. God is glorious. Commentary on Ephesians 3:14-21 View Bible Text . Parents, do you pray this way for your children? They love mystery novels. Make me willing and able to keep it. Hear now the word of the Lord. To be grounded in love means we must be willing to reach beyond our families and familiar neighborhood and embrace people who are strangers. Let us now move on to the second of Paul’s three petitions which are marked off in this text by the Greek conjunction, ἵνα, which means “that”. 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