Book of Ephesians
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The structure of this chapter; the dangers of form and style in preaching; the question of suffering : why does God allow His people to suffer? rejoicing in the midst of trials : how do Christians arrive at this position? suffering; a proof of calling and discipleship; following in the footsteps of Christ.
The importance of understanding in some measure God's great plan of salvation; Paul; called to be an apostle; the mark of an apostle; supernatural power from God; Paul's knowledge in the mystery of Christ; the word 'mystery' examined and defined in the Biblical sense; mystery and not mysticism; an apostle by revelation.
The 'general' and the 'particular' mysteries explained; the error of dispensational teaching; ultra-dispensational teaching and Dr Bullinger; Biblical evidence that disproves this teaching; the Church is now the Kingdom : what the Jewish nation was in the Old Testament; the Church is now; the distinction between Jew and gentile abolished forever.
The Christian ministry; a divine calling; Paul's amazement at his calling; the Christian's need to remember that salvation is entirely by grace; called by the effectual working of the power of God; the task and calling of the Christian minister; the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Does Christianity hold out any hope for the world? the pessimism of the historians; the Victorian humanists and optimists; Christianity initially personal; but carrying the responsibility of sharing the Gospel with others; no hope for the world outside Jesus Christ; teaching the Christian ethic; a modern heresy.
Christianity and salvation the greatest manifestation of the wisdom of God; knowledge without wisdom is useless; the wisdom of God revealed in nature and history; the Church; the medium through which this wisdom is manifest; the error of the dispensational view of the Church; God's greatest problem : man in sin; Jew and Gentile one.
All Christian doctrine is to lead to a practical result and outcome; the importance of confidence in prayer; the only way to pray with boldness; and access with confidence; is through Jesus Christ; practical application of this teaching; the danger of relying on feelings.
The devil is never able to block the most humble believer's heart access to God in prayer; prayer is as necessary as instruction; prayer for the unbeliever; God has chosen to work through prayer; the dangers of formalism and casualness; the Father of all; members of the household of God.
Prayer that is concerned with the spiritual and not the material; the Christian way of dealing with life's problems; build up the inner man; strengthen the resistance; the difference between the inner man and the outward man.
The importance of growth in the life of the believer; why does our inner man need to be strengthened? the fact of the devil; a reason for spiritual growth; how does spiritual weakness show itself? practical examples of the manner in which weakness shows itself; strong meat is not suitable for babes.