April 22, 2018

Christ Jesus, the Heavenly Offering

Text: Hebrews 9:15-28
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The benefits of a will are realized only through a death. Similarly, the promises of the Covenant come to us through the shedding of blood. Formerly, this required the repeated annual sacrifice of animals. But now, through the far superior finished sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, we receive God’s promise of salvation. May we be moved to worship Him.

April 15, 2018

The Sign of the Covenant

Text: Exodus 4:24-26
Pastor Curt Stapleton

After concluding our study of Ephesians, as we continue our study of the Marks of the Church, we turn our attention to the sacraments and discipline. Today we consider the covenant sign of baptism which supersedes circumcision under the New Covenant, yet remains as a precious, inclusive sign of God’s declaration that He will be our God and we will be His people.

April 8, 2018

God Redeems Work & Kills Slavery

Text: Ephesians 6:5-9
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The entire theme of the Bible can be summarized as “I will be your God and you will be My people.” As the gospel takes root in the hearts of His people and produces transformation, slavery is abolished and work is redeemed.

April 1, 2018

Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

On this Easter Sunday, we note that the resurrection of Jesus is described in all four gospels and in all of Paul’s epistles. The implications of the resurrection are everywhere, including in today’s passage as we consider putting on the whole armor of God and understanding the nature of the spiritual battle in which we find ourselves.

March 25, 2018

Living the Gospel at Home, Part 2

Text: Ephesians 6:1-4
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s text on Biblical parenting reminds us that marriage is two broken people having little broken people (Scotty Smith/Tim Keller), with great instruction in obedience and honor.

March 18, 2018

Living the Gospel at Home

Text: Ephesians 5:22-33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Contemporary culture may not agree with our text’s teaching on complementary roles in marriage. Nonetheless, as followers of Christ, we must be instructed by the Scriptures as our authority for faith and practice. As we do so in our marriages, may they reflect the gospel and bring glory to God.

March 11, 2018

You are Light in the Lord

Text: Ephesians 5:1-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Before coming to faith, not only were we in darkness but we were darkness. Thanks be to God for His sacrificial agape love by which He calls us to Himself, and to a thankful life of imitating Him as living sacrifices.

March 4, 2018

Living Your New Life

Text: Ephesians 4:17-32
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Christianity is not something we do, but rather something we’ve received. As we put off our old nature and put on our new life in Christ, we look to the Holy Spirit to be at work growing us to live into who we are in Christ.

February 25, 2018

One Church — One Mission

Text: Ephesians 4:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

What are the marks of the Church, and why should we be concerned to understand how it works? Since God designed the Church, if we are to act like Christians and grow up in Christ to fulfill the ministry to which He’s called us, we would do well to learn from the Scriptures how to function in the life of the local body.

February 18, 2018

One God in Three Persons — Revealed

Text: Ephesians 3:1-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The Word reveals the multifaceted, cosmic wisdom of God, through the Church, by the Spirit. May we all be strengthened by the Spirit to be able to wrap our minds around the magnitude of the riches of God’s love for us in Christ.