Sermon 01.08.21
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Ephesians 4:1-16
 

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
 

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 
3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 
6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 
8 This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
   he took many captives
   and gave gifts to his people.”

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 
10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 
16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 
Sermon 08.08.21
00:00 / 22:58

Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Instructions for Christian Living
 

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 
18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 
19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 
21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 
27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 
28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

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1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 
2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 
Sermon 15.08.21
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Ephesians 5:1-20

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
   rise from the dead,
   and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
Sermon 22.08.21
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Ephesians 6:10-20

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Mark 7:1-23

That Which Defiles
 

7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 
2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 
3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 
4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
   but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain;
   their teachings are merely human rules.’

8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 
10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 
11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 
12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 
13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 
15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” 
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17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.
18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 
19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 
21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 
22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 
23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

 
Sermon 29.08.21
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