Book of Ephesians
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A false asceticism; how should the Christian live in the world? the importance of the Christian's conduct; no fellowship with the works of darkness; the Christian is to reprove the works of evil; the meaning of the word 'reprove'; to convict by means of evidence; and always in love; not a self-righteous people.
Christians are children of the light; light exposes darkness; the need to test and examine ourselves; the duty of the Church is to preach the Gospel and illumine the darkness; man in sin is spiritually dead; the danger of man without Christ.
Singing; and its place in Christian worship; the difference between psalms and hymns explained; songs in the Spirit; a new song unto the Lord; extemporaneous utterances; the erroneous view of singing only psalms in worship; the evidence of Tertullian and Eusebius; worship in the early Church; worship in the Spirit.
The characteristic of Christian music; the importance of melody; music in worship must never be sentimental; the understanding is always involved in the action of the Christian; the mind and the heart are engaged; the result is true melody; worship must never be separated from the preaching of the Word; words are more important than the tune; a concern for the whole body; and a need for a sense of balance.
The Holy Spirit in worship; our relationship with the Lord Jesus; the test of our Christianity; the glory and the majesty of the Son; the work of Christ as priest; the work of the Son of God.
The element of praise in prayer; the importance of thanking God; all men should praise God; universal fatherhood of God denied; God ordained marriage and the family; gifts from God; give thanks for your salvation; sickness as a chastisement; we may always have confidence in God.
The Christian is to be different; no longer like the world; but filled with the Spirit; the importance of our relationships; individual but not individualistic; the dangers of self-centredness and its manifestations; knowing the truth about ourselves; the key to solving our relationship problems; a part of the whole; the body of Christ; the error of seeing this verse in an ecumenical context; submit yourselves one to another.
The motive that governs the whole of Christian living; Christian teaching must never be reduced to political; social; philosophical themes; the Christian and the exercising of authority; the power of love; a Christian seeks to please his Lord 'in the fear of Christ'; submit one to another; the example of Christ.
Verse 21 is really the controlling principle; the importance of understanding the Apostle's method; problems of family life raised by regeneration; Christianity is about the whole of life; doctrine and practice must never be separated; modern ideas of marriage; the modern movement of feminism; and its dangers.
The Biblical teaching concerning marriage; the question of submission; the Christian view of marriage is unique; man is incomplete without woman; the effects of the Fall; women and authority; this is revelation; not just Paul's rabbinical teaching : a common error refuted; the headship of the man; the importance of leadership; the greatest problem in the world today; the loss of authority.