A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 1:1-2:
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Charles Spurgeon said, “I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Holiness is not a Iuxury; it’s a necessity. If you’re not holy, you’ll never make it to heaven.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The spread of the Pentecostal message to South Africa also grew out of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906. John G. Lake visited the Azusa Street Mission prior to taking the Pentecostal message to South Africa in 1908. Within five years he’d established 500 black and 125 white Pentecostal churches in that nation. Others took the Pentecostal message to Europe and Asia…In this way the Azusa Street Revival, rippling out across the globe, continued for about three years.”
By way of introduction, allow me to share with you this information regarding the book of Ephesians from Warren Wiersbe’s commentary: “Onesimus, a slave, ran away from Philemon, his master, who lived at Colosse. While in Rome, Onesimus met Paul and was converted. Tychicus, one of the pastors of the church at Colossae, which may have met in Philemon’s house, was also in Rome to discuss some problems with Paul. So Paul took advantage of the presence of these two men to send three letters to his friends: the Epistle to the Ephesians, the Epistle to the Colossians, and the Epistle to Philemon. At the same time, he sent Onesimus back to his master. So, the letter was written from Rome about the year A.D. 62. Though Paul was on trial for his life, he was concerned about the spiritual needs of the churches he had founded. As an apostle, ‘one sent with a commission,’ he had an obligation to teach them the Word of God and to seek to build them up in the faith.”
In our last message, we looked at what it means to be “faithful in Christ Jesus” from a mental perspective. But, there is another aspect of faithfulness that is brought out in Scripture, and that is faithfulness in our actions.
This type of faithfulness is defined from the Greek as a person who is “trusty.” People who “show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties. A person who can be relied on.”
This definition of faithfulness tells us how Christians should carry out their daily lives — in matters of faith and in what could be called “worldly” affairs. We should be consistent in spiritual duties such as: prayer, Bible study, church attendance, soul-winning, tithing, and ministering to others. We should also be consistent in fulfilling our roles as husbands, wives, children, employees, students, or what have you.
Our ultimate examples are God and Jesus Christ. First Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful…” Hebrews 3:1-2 says, “…the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, was faithful to him that appointed him…” In fact, the book of Revelation tells us that Jesus’ name is “Faithful and True.”
We have no better example of faithfulness than the Son of God who was faithful unto death. We, too, should strive to be faithful in our dealings as citizens of Heaven and as residents of Earth until the day we die.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Jessica in Sweden
Heal her from IBS
— Cynthia in New Jersey
for her to gain more faith in You, to build better relationships in school and for her future, to have more patience in You and in herself, to have a humble and meek heart
— Gary in West Jefferson, NC
for doors to open for a second job with more hours; that he would not be stressed and impatient
deliver him from being angry and aggravated, make his motives pure and his faith genuine, and answer his cry for help; save him from sibling jealousy and restore his relationship with his brother
Restore her daughter, Jessica’s faith and reconcile them; have satan to release his hold on her son-in-law, Justin; protect her two grandsons against the enemy
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Assemblies of God
Warren D. Bullock
T. Ray Rachels
J. Don George
Jesse Miranda, Jr.
Nam Soo Kim
John E. Maracle
Wilfredo De Jesús
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.