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OF UNION WITH CHRIST: Ephesians 1:3-14 - Shepherd School

Ephesians 1:3-14

March 22, 2021 • Brett Baggett

BIG IDEA: If you are united to Christ, you have been spiritually blessed by God. Indeed every spiritual blessing flows through Christ and only through Christ. These blessings are given to the praise of God’s glorious grace! I. IF YOU ARE UNITED TO CHRIST, YOU ARE SPIRITUALLY BLESSED BY GOD (v. 3) Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” II. HOW YOU HAVE BEEN SPIRITUALLY BLESSED IN CHRIST I) If you are united to Christ, you have been blessed with election (v. 4a) Ephesians 1:4a “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,” II) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with positional and final holiness and blamelessness (v. 4b) Ephesians 1:4b ”that we should be holy and blameless before him.” III) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with predestination (v. 4c-5a) Ephesians 1:4c-5a “In love he predestined us” IV) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with adoption (v. 5b) Ephesians 1:5b “for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ,” V) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with God's kindness (v. 5c) Ephesians 1:5c “according to the purpose of his will,” ("kind intention of His will" NASB) VI) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with redemption (v. 7a) Ephesians 1:7a “In him we have redemption through his blood,” VII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with forgiveness (v. 7b) Ephesians 1:7b “the forgiveness of our trespasses,” VIII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with richly lavished grace (v. 7c-8) Ephesians 1:7c-8 “which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight” IX) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with the revelation of the mystery of God's will (v. 9-10) Ephesians 1:9-10 “making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” X) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with an inheritance (v. 11-12) Ephesians 1:11-12 “11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” XI) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit (v. 13) Ephesians 1:13-14a “13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,” XII) If you are in Christ, you have been blessed with security and assurance (v. 14a) Ephesians 1:14a “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,” III. WHY YOU ARE BLESSED I) In Christ, you have been blessed to the praise of God's glorious grace Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:12 “so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14b “to the praise of his glory.”

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The first practical purpose of Shepherd School is to help every man lead his family. The second is to help him lead his small group, if and when he has one. The third practical purpose is to train up a would-be pastor who “aspires to the office of overseer” so that he may lead Jesus’ church in faithfulness. This is truly “a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) and requires that one meet the qualifications laid out in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4). In everything we want to be as practical and as helpful as possible. Therefore you will be in class once per week, and in that class you will be taught the Scriptures as well as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. In addition, you will read helpful books throughout the week and then discuss in person with the Pastors. Finally, for those in the certificate path, you will be examined and equipped with proper instructive and corrective training as you write theological essays and biblical expositions. This will all be done so that each man may be “a good soldier of Christ Jesus“ (2 Tim. 2:1-3) to the glory of God. This is not an average Bible study or small group setting. This is training for war. We believe this will be intensely challenging and, by God’s grace, extremely edifying for all involved. WHAT WE CONFESS The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

WHY SHEPHERD SCHOOL? 2 Timothy 2:1-4 - Shepherd School

January 4, 2021 • Brett Baggett

Why shepherd school? I. So that you would be strengthened by grace (v. 1) II. So that you would be taught the truth (v. 2a) III. So that you would be equipped to teach others (v. 2b) IV. So that you would be a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ (v. 3) V. So that you will adequately aim at pleasing your King (v. 4)

SERMON PREP HOW TO - Brett Baggett - Shepherd School

April 26, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. GENERAL I) Context. II) Text Work. III) Big Idea/Theme. IV) Divisions/Main Doctrinal Points/Outline II. SPECIFIC I) Explain. II) Cross reference. III) Proclaim. IV) Questions. V) Children. VI) Illustrate. III. HELPFUL ADDITIONS I) Quotes. II) Catechism. III) Creeds and Confessions. IV) Hymn. IV. CLOSING CHECKLIST I) Gospel / Christ / Call to repentance and faith. II) Intro / Conclusion. III) Memorize and Pray.