The Christians Priorities
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:5-9
Bondservants and Masters
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (ESV)
The function of the Church is to evangelise; the dangers of segregation from the world; Christianity and slavery; the duty of the Church is not to defend a particular system; the Christian duty to God; our Master in heaven; the lesson of the great evangelical awakening of the eighteenth century; the examples of William Wilberforce and the Earl of Shaftesbury; the indirect approach of Scripture.