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The New Man's New Realm

Ephesians 5:3-5

August 30, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Christian is a person whom the Apostle Paul describes as "a new man" (Ephesians 4:24) who has been transferred from "the course of this world" to "the kingdom of Christ and of God." The decorum of the heirs of this kingdom is holiness, and in Ephesians 5:3-5 Paul delineates behaviors that among Christians are unmentionable, unbecoming, and unfitting and points to God's grace in Christ as the identifying marker of the behavior and speech of believers.

Overcoming Headline Dysphoria

Luke 24 • October 4, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

When our outlook is oriented only to the headlines about "the things which are happening," we are sad, disoriented, perplexed, and troubled. But when Jesus steps into the conversation, our outlook is oriented to "the things concerning Jesus" and what the word of God tells us is actually happening behind the headlines, peace and joy are ours even when the disheartening circumstances remain unchanged.

The Nature and Manifestation of Spiritual Darkness

Ephesians 5:8 • September 27, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Ephesians 5:8 says of the regenerated believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, "You WERE darkness." What assurance can we have that we are no longer under the power of darkness? The Apostle gives the answer in three manifestations of darkness in Ephesians 4:18-19. If these things are true of you, you ARE darkness.

Darkness and Light

Ephesians 5:7-16 • September 27, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In Ephesians 5:8 the Apostle Paul states the reality of who we were prior to coming to faith in Jesus. He says we were not only IN darkness, but our very being WAS darkness. What is the nature of this darkness and how did we come to BE light instead of darkness.