Author Archives: Stephen

Think this way; Walk this way

Ephesians 4:17-22

Click on link to hear audio:  07-22-18

How we think determines how we live.

I. Secular culture is corruptible.

A. Futile thinking dehumanizes people.

B. Learning Jesus restores lost humanness.

II. The culture of the church is transformational.

A. We received a new identity at the cross

B. Assuming our new “in Christ” identity is like changing clothes.

The Church has Leaders

Ephesians 4:7-16

Click on link to hear audio:  7-15-2018

I. Leaders build up the body by ___________ the _________.

A. At different times in the life of the church, different leadership styles are needed.

B. The result of preaching the gospel is a __________ body.

1. Unity in the faith

2. The knowledge of the Son of God

3. Fullness of Christ

II. The Saints build up the body by _________ the _________.

A. Speaking the truth in love reflects the mercy and justice of God.

1. Truth without love creates rebellion.

2. Love without truth creates resentment.

B. Every joint supplies something in a healthy church.

Enjoying Diversity

Ephesians 4:1-10

click on link to hear audio: 07-08-2018

I. What we must do to get along. (1-3)

A. Attitude is almost everything.

B. How about people we don’t like?

II. Two people, one Lord. (4-6)

A. One Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God.

B. Solidarity with Jesus facilitates every other relationship in life.

III. But many different kinds of members. (7-10)

A. Did Jesus go to hell?

B. Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given to individuals to benefit the whole body.

The Gospel is the Power of God

Click on link to hear audio:  7-1-18

Ephesians 3:14-21

We receive power to live the Christian life and
overcome the world by grace through faith.

How is Paul’s prayer for power answered for us?

I. God makes believers strong through the Holy Spirit.

“strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man”

A. God wants us to be strong, not weak.

B. The same power that raised Jesus lives in us.

II. Believers become the temple of God when Jesus moves in.

“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”

A. The presence of Christ makes the Temple holy.

B. The obedient church is the New Temple of God.

III. God’s love empowers life.

“being rooted and grounded in love”

A. God’s love heals our brokenness.

B. God’s love frees us to love others.


Not all God’s children go to church

“Not all God’s children go to church” Ephesians 6:1-4

Click on link to hear audio: 06-24-18

What would you do if you heard your pastor was in jail?

God has a mysterious plan.

• God always intended to bring Gentiles into the church.

• God’s mysterious plan graciously extends to each of us.

We are the least of all the saints.

• This was not false humility for Paul.

• Shameful guilt and arrogant pride are two kinds of sin.

When God is glorified, evil is defeated and people redeemed.

• The gospel is not a self-help program.

• Our salvation displays God’s glory.

Church needs Gentiles as much as Gentiles need church.

• God is still saving Gentiles.

• Our troubles are part of God’s gracious plan to redeem us.

Summer 2018

Summer Events:

• Canoe the Red Cedar June TODAY after church. June 24
• Glen Hills Picnic July 8th after church.
• Block Party Outreach Sunday, July 22nd 2-5PM
• Picnic and Kickball at Pafco Park August 12th after church.
• Picklefest August 17-19

This Week:

• Prayer Walk, Monday at 11:00AM, meet at new village park on East Street.
• Ludington Guard Band 8PM Tuesday, Wilson Park in Menomonie
• Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday 8:30 at Hendrickson’s E1943 County Road N
• Celebrate Recovery 6:30PM Friday at New Life in Wheeler

Grace Based Parenting

Ephesians 6:1-4

click on link to hear audio: 6-17-18

How do dads measure their own success?

I. Children are responsible.

A. Even young children have spiritual understanding.

B. Obedience gives room for God’s blessing.

II. Without grace, dads exasperate their kids.

A. Children rebel when we try to control them.

B. Children resent when don’t set boundaries.

III. The goal of parenting is wisdom.

A. Life-long process of living and teaching gospel.

B. Showing the right way and correcting the wrong.

Chastening grace expects a holy response in that God is both merciful and just.

Graceful parents love their children and discipline them, neglecting neither.

Killing Hostility

“Killing Hostility” Ephesians 2:11-23

Click on Link to hear audio: 6-10-18

Is anyone mad at you?

Ephesians Review:

• We have a new identity in Christ because we have been chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. (1:1-10)

• We need a spiritual awakening if the truth of what we affirm is to be experienced in real and powerful ways. (1:11-23)

• God’s method for making people holy is chastening grace. (2:1-10)

I. The blood of Christ kills hostility.

A. The Covenants are Jewish promises now extended to Gentiles.

B. The Commandments are rules that no longer apply.

C. God broke down all walls at the cross.

II. Two become one. (1 + 1 = 1)

A. The Church is a miracle of God’s grace.

B. We resolve conflict between individuals when both reconcile to God.

C. Peacemaking is God’s work and ours.

But God!

“But God!” Ephesians 2:1-10

Click on Link to hear Audio: 6-3-18

Grace is a profound sense of gratitude.

I. Religious people and other kinds of sinners need grace.

A. The Jews were the most moral people in the ancient world.

B. Disobedient people have no protection from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

C. Paul includes himself!

II. Grace (the kindness of God for sinners like us) creates gratitude.

A. “Salvation is freely given by God to undeserving sinners.” ISBE 2:547

B. Grace and justice are rooted in the character of God.

III. Grace anticipates holiness.

A. The Law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.

B. Grace is not a license to sin.

C. Grace doesn’t try harder, it tries better.