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 2:19-22:
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Jerry Falwell said, “Revival is not just a feeling of excitement in the Lord. We get excited about many things, but excitement is not a revival if God is not the One who gets us excited. ”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “The tragedy is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving out too many dead sermons to too many dead people.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Like many towns and cities in New England, Northhampton, Massachusetts, was settled by colonists with a deep commitment to the gospel and the Reformed tradition. For these settlers, being active in the life of the church was as much a social as a religious responsibility. The local church in any such town was the center of life in the community. Each colony’s founders were predominantly Christians committed to the practical expression of their faith in a new world.”
As Paul begins to move toward the conclusion of the subject of unity in the church, he wants to make sure that Gentile believers are confident in their status as members of the body of Christ. He says, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers…” The word translated “strangers” is the Greek “xenos” from which we get our word “xenophobia.” The Gentile believers are no longer strangers, no longer those to be feared or hated by Jewish Christians. They are a part of the body now. The fact that they are Gentiles takes a back seat to the fact that they are Christians.
Next, Paul says, “Ye are no longer… foreigners.” This word refers to those who live in a place where they do not have citizenship. They are outsiders. The Gentiles were considered to be outsiders by the Jews, but, in Christ, they became citizens.
Paul calls them “fellowcitizens with the saints.” “Citizens” is one word, but “fellowcitizens” is a joint word found only here in all of Scripture. Gentiles are not just citizens of God’s family, but FELLOWcitizens. This means that they are seen the same in God’s sight as Jewish Christians are seen. There is no more division between us.
The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “Through faith in Christ, we enter into God’s family, and God becomes our Father. This wonderful family of God is found in two places, ‘in heaven and on earth.’ Living believers are on earth; believers who have died are in heaven. None of God’s children are ‘under the earth’ or in any other place in the universe. We are all brothers and sisters in one family, no matter what racial, national, or physical distinctions we may possess.”
That is what it means to be a member of “the household of God.” And, our mission as the church should be to set an example before the world of unity and harmony, as well as to invite others to join God’s family.
Dr. Robert J. Stamps wrote this hymn, not too long ago.
O, welcome all ye noble saints of old,
As now before your very eyes unfold
The wonders all so long ago foretold,
God and man at a table are sat down.
Who is this who spreads the victory feast?
Who is this who makes our warring cease?
Jesus, risen savior, prince of peace,
God and man at a table are sat down.
Beggars, lame, and harlots are here,
Repentant publicans are drawing near,
Wayward sons come home without a fear,
God and man at a table are sat down.
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.”
— Candice in Chicago
provide her with a job and help her to get her life back on track;
bring unity back to her family;
bless her kids with good health and give them safety
— Adeniyi in Lagos, Nigeria
provide him with divine intervention and help him to get married;
give him a house of his own and ministerial breakthrough
— Doreen in Malawi
be with her and her family
— Lanitra in Kentucky
help her as a single mom to raise her 3 children; provide financially for their bills and other household needs
— Edmund in Zielonka, Poland
bring religious freedom to Poland;
help Edmund, his wife, Dorothy, their daughter, Ann, and their sons, Peter and Daniel, to serve You;
give wisdom for learning in school to Daniel;
provide work for Edmund and Dorothy;
help Peter to find and follow Your direction for his life;
bless Ann with a husband
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 Church of the Nazarene
Jeanette Gardner Littleton
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.”
WYOMING STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Edward F. Murray, III
Cynthia I. Cloud
Peter K. Michael
Thomas O. Forslund
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.