Sermons in Ephesians

Got a chance today to digitize some more sermons. I still need to catalog them so I can avoid having to put a separate link here for each one, but this will do for now. Josh Krohse and I sort of team-taught for a few weeks in November, as our Deacons worked through the process of finding a more permanent interim pastor/preacher. As Josh & I discussed things, we were both drawn to a passage in Ephesians – 3:14 – 4:16. We agreed to work through the passage together, with me preaching in the morning and Josh at night.

My sermon from 11/6 was accidentally overwritten. At least the sound guys tell me it was an accident. That, or it had something to do with the spiteful illustration I used that day about “those guys in the back”.

Josh’s text that night was 3:20-21; at the end he led the congregation in a method of prayer called “bidding prayer” – evidently a method employed by the puritans, in which a leader of the congregation would direct peoples prayers by saying “I bid you pray for…”. Josh opted not to use puritan language in directing things – which in this case might have caused an auction to break out instead of a time of prayer. I’ve left most of his “bids” in at the end of the sermon, as they can be a good guide for prayer in any church. I have left out the blank spaces in between, but you can always pause the audio to give yourself enough time to pray. We haven’t figured out how to pause Josh yet, so he has to do it for us.

One other note… you’ll notice that Josh requests prayers for the decons, but not for any pastors or elders. In case you’re unfamiliar with our church situation, that’s because we currently operate under a pastor/deacons model, and we’re currently searching for a pastor. So we’re operating under a /deacons model, I guess. That said, when Josh says “pray for the deacons”, that means pray for the spiritual leaders in your church, whatever they’re called.

Here’s Josh’s sermon.

The following week, I preached on 4:1-6, and Josh on 4:7-13 (sorry, the first part of this one appears to have been cut off).