Concluding Admonitions – Ephesians 6:10–24

Read the Passage: Ephesians 6:10–24

Spiritual Warfare (6:10–13)

After giving specific teaching on marriage and family, as well as on vocation, Paul turns at the end of his letter to the Ephesian church to address the topic of spiritual warfare. In Eph. 6:10–20 Paul explains that while believers already have victory over Satan through the cross of Christ, in our present earthly lives, temptation to sin will persist. Continue reading Concluding Admonitions – Ephesians 6:10–24

Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:11-16

Source and Description (4:11)

As he began to focus upon the uniqueness of individual believers within the unity of the church, at Eph. 4:7 Paul wrote, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” This is a similar teaching to Peter’s later exhortation, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” Continue reading Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Christian Unity – Ephesians 4:1–10

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:1-10

Exhortation (4:1–3)

It was Paul’s custom in his epistles to begin with doctrinal teaching and then move on to practical application. Said differently, Paul always transitions from theology to ethics in his letters, which makes sense, since ethics is applied theology. Continue reading Christian Unity – Ephesians 4:1–10

The Christian Life – Romans 12

Read the Passage: Romans 12

Living Sacrifices (12:1–2)

Paul’s pattern in all of his epistles is to begin by teaching theology and conclude by covering ethics. Indeed, this structure is quite logical, for ethics is applied theology. In the book of Romans, chapters 1–11 contains theology—namely, Paul’s teaching about the doctrine of salvation—and chapters 12–16 discuss ethics for the believers in the Roman church. Continue reading The Christian Life – Romans 12

Church Leadership – 1 Timothy 3

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 3

Characteristics of Pastors (3:1–7)

Paul wrote this letter to give instructions regarding church order, which included church leadership (cf. 1 Tim. 3:14–15). As Paul had warned the Ephesian elders years earlier (cf. Acts 20:29–31), so false teachers had arisen within the church, likely even ascending to positions of leadership within the church. Continue reading Church Leadership – 1 Timothy 3