Return To Your First Love: An Overview of Ephesians

Personal update: For those that do not know, starting December 1, I was named pastor of a local church here in North Carolina. And it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve not had time to devote to the blog or podcast because of this process. I am currently serving as pastor and working full time and that leaves very little time for everything else. I’m going to continue to update this as much as possible and may just be posting mainly portions of my sermon notes for the foreseeable future. I appreciate your prayers and understanding. Much love – Brian.

The city of Ephesus is located in Modern day Turkey. It was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and it was home to one of the seven wonders of the world – the Temple of Artemis. Rather than looking in Ephesians, we are going to start our study in the book of Acts, chapter 18.

24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit,[d] he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

19 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland[a] country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in[b] the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.[c] 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Here we see what happens in Ephesians…Apollos starts preaching there and winning converts. Aquilla and Priscilla explain things to him a little more. Later he takes off to Corinth and the Apostle Paul shows up and starts baptizing people in the Holy Spirt. The Apostle Paul stays there for two more years preaching the word to Jews and Greeks.

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Spiritual Gifts: Word of Knowledge

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In this episode, we are continuing our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This week we discuss the gift – words of knowledge. This gift is a spiritually empowered gift where the Holy Spirit reveals knowledge to an individual to edify the person and the church. In our good news segment we discuss an NFL star who is calling people to stand up to abortion. The Jat of India are our Unreached People Group. And Today’s Word is about Jesus being the Bread of Life.
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The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

More Than I ShouldIn this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we look at the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is scary for a lot of people and this week I look to calm your fears on this important gift. Our Good News is about a survey that says regularly attending church makes people happier. Our Unreached People Group is the Dhobi of India. And in Today’s Word, we look at the testimony of Jesus Christ.

“20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.” 1st Thess. 5:20-22 Continue reading “The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy”

How Should We Pray for Healing?

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This week we are talking about healing. We spend a lot of time this week discussing this topic on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up with the conversation by listening to that episode here:

Today I want to answer the question: How should we pray for healing? First let’s look at what I think is the more common problem in most of Christianity today: not praying at all. Now I’m not saying that people don’t get in their prayer closets and pray for their loved ones healing. What I am saying is we don’t do as James commands us. Continue reading “How Should We Pray for Healing?”

EP # 11 – Does God Still Heal?

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In this episode, we tackle the controversial subject of healing. Does God still heal people? Do people have the gift of healing? We also talk about the recent court decision involving Planned Parenthood and David Daleiden. Our unreached people group is the Brahmin of India. Today’s Word finishes up chapter 4 in the book of John, the story of Jesus healing the royal official’s son.

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My Story – What is Grace?

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In this special series, I will unpack my testimony over a series of installments. This first installment features the incredible story of learning what the true meaning of grace is and
how it affected my life. This is real and raw, but feel free to share this with anyone who may need encouragement that God forgives people no matter how they run from Him.

 

EP #10 – The Holy Spirit Gives Us Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit Gives Us Spiritual Gifts

In this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we are going to continue our discussion on the Holy Spirit by talking about spiritual gifts, then in our Good News segment, we will discuss how Doctors in Ireland are responding to the new abortion laws, our Unreached People Group is the Bhil of India and then finally Today’s Word, we will pick up where we left off last week in John 4:1-26.

This week we are going to look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are not going to look at individual gifts this week, we are going to have an overview on the topic. Why is this important? Why should we spend time on this? Well, the mission of this podcast is to empower you to follow Jesus daily, not just on Sunday. One of the ways that we follow Continue reading “EP #10 – The Holy Spirit Gives Us Spiritual Gifts”

God’s Plan – Free from Fear

God’s Plan – Free from Fear

On the Everyday Jesus podcast we are continuing our discussion on the Holy Spirit and how He helps us in our daily lives. This week on the show we talked about how to find God’s plan for your life. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can check it out below:

Today I wanted to talk about one of the words I used in the podcast that hinders people from following God or seeking His will – Fear. Fear is a huge problem in the world and Continue reading “God’s Plan – Free from Fear”